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Cherry Angioma

Definition

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.

Risks

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Most people will develop cherry angiomas as they age. It is not known why they develop.

Prevention

What can be done to prevent the condition?

There is no known prevention for cherry angiomas.

Diagnosed

How is the condition diagnosed?

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

Long Term Effects

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

Cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if injured.

Other Risks

What are the risks to others?

There are no risks to others.

Treatments

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 surgical excision
  • cryotherapy, that is, freezing the lesion
  • cautery, that is, burning the lesion off

Side Effects

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Removing cherry angiomas may result in small white scars at the site.

After Treatment

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.

Monitor

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 healthcare professional.

Sources

Skin Disorders: Mosby's Clinical Nursing Series, MJ Hill, 1994

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