Cherry Hemangioma Workup

Updated: Apr 30, 2018
  • Author: Clarence William Brown, Jr, MD, FAAD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

The diagnosis of cherry hemangioma is usually made clinically; however, biopsy allows histopathologic confirmation in doubtful situations.

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Procedures

A skin biopsy (shave or punch) allows histologic confirmation of the diagnosis.

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Histologic Findings

On scanning magnification, a sharply circumscribed vascular proliferation usually is noted, often embraced in part by a collarette of epithelium and adnexal structures. Higher magnification demonstrates numerous venules in a thickened papillary dermis. Older lesions often display prominent collagen bundles, which is an appearance suggesting septa.

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