Cherry Angiomas - Pictures, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Removal

Cherry Angiomas Pictures

Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas or Campbell De Morgan spots are benign skin growths that are made up of blood vessels. These are common vascular lesions which appear on our skin. These skin growths can also be compared or identified as similar with red moles. This skin condition was first noted and described by a British surgeon named Campbell De Morgan (this explains the alternate name).

The frequency of cherry angiomas would usually increase with old age and would cause equally people of both sexes and races. About a good amount of individuals aging from 70 years and above are affected of this condition, attaining 70% of cases in this age group. But this skin condition may not be noticeable to olive-skinned individuals, rather to those who are pale-skinned or have a fair skin color. This skin condition has been a concern to many especially to women who are affected.

Diagnosis of the disorder is done by physical examination. No tests or blood work necessary. But there are instances that a skin biopsy is done to differentially diagnose or to confirm for a final diagnosis.


Cherry angiomas are clusters of capillaries that sprout or develop on the skin that then forms into round papules. These papules can be flat or elevated and are commonly found in areas such as the arms, body, and legs. To characteristically define the presenting signs and symptoms of the disease, enumerating them is best:

  • The skin lesions or growths are bright, cherry-red in color. But as the condition lasts, the lesion then demonstrates a dark brown to black discoloration. This can be very alarming and needs to be readily assessed so to avoid late diagnosis of a severe form of condition; malignant melanoma.
  • They can be small sized but does not leave out the possibility of expansion in thickness and in size.
  • They feel smooth but may be elevated. The skin elevation can develop into a dome-like structure and can cause for a person to feel worried physically. Emotional concerns are also present.


There has been little data gathered in support for the possible cause of this skin condition. The said factors related to the skin condition are still believed to be the following:

Old age - It appears that increasing age is a contributing factor for this condition. Those who are of senile stage can even acquire an aggressive type of cherry angiomas.

Malignancies - These growths somehow resemble the lesions of individuals with malignancies. But this skin disorder does not spare those healthy individuals for it is believed to be caused by genetics.

Chemicals - Some chemicals are believed to cause this condition or must have caused the sprouting of cherry angiomas. These are mustard gas, bromides, 2-butoxyethanol and cyclosporine containing chemical compounds.

Stress -This is a contributing factor for cherry angiomas. It has been proven that those who are in high amounts of stress are the individuals who age faster.


The treatment for this condition is basically symptomatic. Surgical care is the root remedy for this condition. These treatments are made use for to make the skin problem have a cosmetically favorable result. The surgical interventions shall be discussed below.

As mentioned above, this skin condition is not harmful and is noncancerous. Once the cherry angiomas are treated, possible scarring is avoided. The aim of the treatment is to avoid the possible complications and these are bleeding when injured, changes in appearance and psychological distress or affectation. Once the presenting symptoms of the condition are observed, contacting the doctor is a healthy action to avoid complications and the down lows of cherry angiomas.

It is important that we avoid the triggering factors of the condition. Having a stress-free life is hard to achieve, but it can be when one has a positive outlook in life. Also, in order to avoid complications, we need to make sure that we do not manipulate or prick the skin growths. This can only aggravate the skin condition.


The primary objective of these surgical interventions for cherry angiomas is to remove the undesirable effect on the patient’s skin cosmetically. The removal of the cherry angiomas would also pave the way of a biopsy for the confirmation of the skin problem. These interventions can also remove the chances of bleeding and irritating the skin. Here are the surgical removal methods of the cherry angiomas:

Shave excision - This involves removal of the lesion with the use of blade. To excise means to remove. While this procedure aims to remove the lesion, it can also attain a histological confirmation of the diagnosis. Hemostasis is maintained and is done by cauterizing the incised area and application of aluminum chloride.

Curettage and electrodessication - This would allow removal of the lesion through tissue destruction. The risk of scarring is said to be minimized and is done by a skilled practitioner to attain favorable results.

Pulsed dye laser - This is done to ablate or simply vaporize the lesions by using a pulsed dye laser. This said surgical removal of the cherry angiomas are believed to be quite effective in reducing the unwanted effect; scarring.

Cryotherapy - The surgical removal of cherry angiomas is done via irritation, coagulation with the aim of destruction. This is the local use of low temperature on a specific body part with the aim of removing the undesired part.

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