Haemangiomas are those small red spots that occur as we age!

What is a haemangioma?

Haemangioma, also called Angioma, is simply a benign vascular growth.

Most older adults have many tiny haemangiomas. The ubiqutious Haemangioma that occurs after the age of 40 is referred to as ‘Campbell de Morgan Spot’ and are a reminder that we’re getting older. They are normal and healthy.

What does Haemangioma look like?

Haemangioma is easy to spot!

The spot is small, around 2 to 9mm across.  The bright red colour is explained by the blood vessels. The color can vary from dull to shiny red, and occasionally blue to purple. The colour is typically the same throughout the lesion.

The lesion is typically round and shaped like a dome, and stands out on the surrounding skin.

What is the significant or importance of haemangioma?

There is no significance to Cambell do Morgan spots in adults.

Spider Nevi are a type of Haemangioma. Several thin blood vessels, like spokes of a bicycle wheel, join in the middle. Multiple Spider Nevi on the upper chest may be a sign of chronic liver disease.

Can Haemangiomas be treated?

Haemangiomas may occasionally need treatment because of bleeding. The usual reason to treat a Haemangioma is simply that the person doesn’t like them.

Tiny ones can be treated by electrocautery without local anaesthetic. Larger ones are treated with electrocautery with local anaesthetic. Curettage is an additional option.