Also known as Campbell de Morgan spots, 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.