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Alternative Names Return to topAngioma - cherry; Senile angioma
Definition Return to top
A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth.
Causes Return to top
Cherry angiomas 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.
Symptoms Return to top
Skin lesion or growth:
Exams and Tests Return to top
Your health care provider will probably diagnose a cherry angioma based on the appearance of the growth. No further tests are usually necessary, though a skin biopsy may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Treatment Return to top
Cherry angiomas generally do not need to be treated. If they are cosmetically unattractive or they bleed often, angiomas may be removed by:
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
Cherry angiomas are noncancerous and generally harmless. Removal usually does not cause scarring.
Possible Complications Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of a cherry angioma and you would like to have it removed.
Also call if the appearance of a cherry angioma or any skin lesion changes.Update Date: 10/3/2008 Updated by: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.