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Dermatlas: Cherry angioma
Cherry Angioma

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Location: Angiomas may develop anywhere on the body at or near the surface of the skin.

Symptoms: Angiomas - are benign (non-malignant) tumors that are made up of small blood and lymphatic vessels. Angioma is one of the most commonly occurring of all skin lesions, it does not threaten the health or well-being of an individual and is removed generally for cosmetic reasons.

Cherry angioma (senile hemangioma) - is a dome-shaped lesion, ranging in color from bright red to purple. It usually occurs on the trunk and is formed of clusters of tiny capillaries as a result of the weakening of the capillary wall. Cherry angiomas can vary in size from only a few millimeters to a centemeter or more in diameter, they tend to expand in thickness while growing. As cherry angiomas, consisting of small blood vessels, develop near the skin's surface, they may bleed profusely if injured.

Spider angioma (nevus araneus) - is a lesion commonly found slightly below the skin's surface on pregnant women and people with impaired liver function, spider angiomas are associated with high estrogen levels during pregnancy and improper processing of excess estrogen by the liver. Spider angioma usually contains a central red spot with reddish extensions radiating outward like a spider's web.

Cavernous angioma (cavernous hemangioma) - is a lesion commonly found in the brain, spinal cord, liver and, rarely, in other areas of the body. Cavernous angioma is a tumor composed of multiple blood-filled bubbles (caverns) of various sizes separated by a fibrous tissue, that makes cavernous angioma look somewhat like a raspberry. Cavernous angioma can cause headache, haemorrhages, seizures and stroke symptoms.

Treatments: Because of the risk of bleeding, removal of angiomas should take place under a doctor's care: they can be removed by cryosurgery, electrosurgery or laser treatment.

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