Campbell de Morgan Spots
Cherry angiomas, or red spots, are common non-cancerous bumps that range in color from bright red to deep purple. Cherry angiomas are formed from the overgrowth of small veins into a cluster. Although their cause is unknown, these red spots are more likely on those 30 years and older. The broken blood vessels inside the spots give them the reddish appearance.
While cherry angiomas typically cause no adverse health risk, they are a common cosmetic concern and can be easily removed with the laser. These spots can be found anywhere on the body, although they usually occur on the chest and abdomen, and can range in size from very small to large.
Campbell de Morgan spots, also known as campbell de morgan angiomas, cherry angiomas, cherry spots and senile angiomas, are benign (non-cancerous) skin growths made of blood vessels. They get their name from the name of an English surgeon. The growths are bright red, often described as “cherry-red” (hence they are often referred to as cherry angiomas). They can appear anywhere on the body, but most often appear on the torso. They range in size from the size of a pinhead to a quarter inch in diameter. They may be flat or dome-shaped, sticking out from the skin. They are usually painless. Often only one growth is seen but sometimes there are multiple growths.
What Causes Campbell de Morgan Spots?
No one knows for sure, but they may be hereditary. Some medical professionals think hormonal changes, like those that occur during pregnancy, can trigger the spots to appear. That’s certainly not the only thing that causes them, though, since men can get them, too. They appear most commonly in adults over the age of 30 but people of any age can get them.
How Are Campbell de Morgan Spots Diagnosed?
A doctor can usually make the diagnosis just by looking at the spots. If there is a question about the diagnosis, a biopsy may be recommended. While cherry angiomas are non-cancerous, it’s important to make sure you’re not dealing with something more serious or even cancerous.
When Should You See a Doctor?
We recommend seeing a doctor if you have red spots or angiomas that bleed frequently, that are painful or itch a lot, or that seem to be changing in color, shape or size. See your doctor if you have other symptoms along with red spots, like a fever or body aches and pains. Of course, if you are concerned about any skin condition or have questions about your diagnosis or treatment options, you should talk to your doctor or make an appointment with a dermatologist.
How does Laser Treat Angiomas?
Because cherry angiomas are merely vein clusters, our Nd:Yag laser is extremely effective in their treatment. The Yag delivers a precise amount of energy to the red spot causing the blood within the cherry angioma to coagulate. The cherry angioma is then broken down and absorbed by your body. Blood flow, that would normally inhabit the tiny vessels of the cherry angioma, is directed to vessels deeper in your skin.