Angioma - cherry; Senile angioma
A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.
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).
Skin lesion or growth:
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.
Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they are cosmetically unattractive or they bleed often, angiomas may be removed by:
Cherry angiomas are noncancerous and generally harmless. Removal usually does not cause scarring.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
Habif TP. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009.
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