Cherry angioma D18.01

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 10.12.2021

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cherry angioma; De Morgan spot; Haemangioma senile; hemangioma seniles; Morgan stain; Ruby stain; senile haemangioma; tardive haemangioma; telangiectasia papulosa disseminata

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Very common and usually multiple in older people, harmless, asymptomatic, benign vascular neoplasms. They are conspicuous by their bright red color and cause concern.

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Predominantly occurring from the 4th decade of life, preferably in seborrhoic skin type.

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Especially the torso.

Clinical features
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Completely asymptomatic, 0.1-0, cm in size, sharply circumscribed, initially bright red, later dark red to purple, soft, flat, rarely distinctly protuberant papules with a smooth, shiny epithelial surface. They may occur singly, but also very numerous. Complete fading under glass spatula pressure is not always possible (this in contrast to vascular ectasias). In case of thrombosis (e.g. after banal trauma) a senile angioma may appear as a hard, black papule (DD: melanoma, malignant, nodular).

An eruptive appearance of "senile" angiomas may be an expression of a systemic disease (e.g., a lymphoproliferative systemic disease). They may be associated with POEMS syndrome or Castleman's lymphoma.

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Convolute of ectatic capillary vessels in the papillary stratum.

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Not necessary. On request electrocautery or narrow-spindle excision or laser treatment( argon laser, dye laser).

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Last updated on: 10.12.2021