- Author: Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD more...
Cherry hemangiomas are the most common cutaneous vascular proliferations. They are often widespread and appear as tiny cherry-red papules or macules. Longstanding lesions enlarge slowly over time and take on the appearance of a dome topped with cherry-red to deep-purple papules.
Involvement of cherry hemangiomas is limited to the skin. These benign lesions are formed by a proliferation of dilated venules.
Frequency of cherry hemangiomas increases with age in both sexes and all races. The incidence of cherry angiomas is uniform across all races, but individual lesions are most noticeable in pale-skinned individuals.
Cherry hemangiomas are found in individuals of all races and ethnic backgrounds.
No distinction can be made on the basis of sex.
Cherry hemangiomas occur more frequently with increasing age. In the past, the lesions often were referred to as senile angiomas.
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