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cherry angioma

Alternative Names 
Campbell de Morgan spots

A cherry angioma is a tuft of blood vessels that form a bright red bump on the skin.

What is going on in the body? 
Cherry angiomas are a normal feature of the skin. They usually form in increasing numbers after the age of 30.

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition? 
Cherry angiomas are cherry-red bumps ranging from a tiny speck to the size of a pencil eraser. They most often develop on the trunk, but can occur anywhere on the body.

What are the causes and risks of the condition? 
Most people will develop cherry angiomas as they age.

What can be done to prevent the condition? 
There is no known prevention for cherry angiomas.

How is the condition diagnosed? 
Cherry angiomas are diagnosed when the characteristic red bumps on the skin are found by physical examination.

What are the long-term effects of the condition? 
Cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if injured.

What are the risks to others? 
There are no risks to others.

What are the treatments for the condition? 
Usually no treatment is needed for cherry angiomas. If their appearance is bothersome, angiomas may be removed by:
  • traditional surgery
  • cryotherapy, or freezing the lesion
  • cautery, or burning the lesion off
What are the side effects of the treatments? 
Removing cherry angiomas may result in small white scars at the site.

What happens after treatment for the condition? 
More angiomas will appear with age. Angiomas that have been surgically removed may reappear at the previously treated sites.

How is the condition monitored? 
Angiomas should be watched for any changes, to detect early signs of skin cancer. Any changes or concerns should be reported to the doctor.

Reviewer: HealthAnswers Australia Medical Review Panel
Editor: Dr David Taylor, Chief Medical Officer HealthAnswers Australia
Last Updated: 1/10/2001
Potential conflict of interest information for reviewers available on request

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