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A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.
Angioma - cherry; Senile angioma
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Cherry angiomas are fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body, but usually develop on the trunk.
They are most common after age 30. The cause is unknown, but they tend to be inherited (genetic).
A cherry angioma is:
- Bright cherry-red
- Small -- pinhead size to about 1/4 inch in diameter
- Smooth, or can stick out from the skin
Signs and tests
Your health care provider will look at the growth on your your skin to diagnose a cherry angioma. No further tests are usually necessary. Sometimes a skin biopsy may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they are affect your appearance or bleed often, angiomas may be removed by:
Cherry angiomas are noncancerous. They usually do not harm your health. Removal usually does not cause scarring.
- Bleeding if the growth is injured
- Changes in appearance
- Emotional distress
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if:
Habif TP. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009:chap.23
Woodhouse JG, Tomecki KJ. Common Benign Growths. In: Carey WD, ed.Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine 2010. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010.
- Last Reviewed on 11/20/2012
- Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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