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Cherry Hemangioma

  • Author: Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
Updated: Mar 22, 2016


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.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD Chief Executive Officer, University Dermatology

Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD is a member of the following medical societies: American Medical Association, Chicago Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago Dermatological Society, Illinois Dermatological Society, American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Mohs Surgery

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Specialty Editor Board

Richard P Vinson, MD Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine; Consulting Staff, Mountain View Dermatology, PA

Richard P Vinson, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, Texas Medical Association, Association of Military Dermatologists, Texas Dermatological Society

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Warren R Heymann, MD Head, Division of Dermatology, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Warren R Heymann, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

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Chief Editor

Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Dirk M Elston, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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A large polypoid angioma, deeply red to violaceous cherry, appears in the center of the field. Surrounding the angioma are several small bright red macules and papules that represent cherry hemangiomas in the earlier stages of evolution.
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