Campbell de Morgan Spots

Campbell de Morgan Spots are red spots known as cherry angiomas or haemangioma and are named after the nineteenth century surgeon, Campbell de Morgan, who first noted and described them.

They tend to occur in people over 40, and with greater frequency as we age; so they’re sometimes referred to as senile angiomas for this reason. The bright red or purple colour of the spots is a result of tiny capillaries at the skin’s surface clustering together and dilating.

Campbell de Morgan spots are benign and usually not painful, but can be prone to bleeding if scratched. They appear all over the body and seem to proliferate quickly with age, which can be quite unsightly.

These tufted proliferations of blood vessels under the skin are genetically programmed; often older family members will have the same spots. They are usually very small when they appear, but they will increase in both number and size over time.

If the spots are located in an area around a collar or waistband, friction will cause irritation of these little lesions.

Slievemore clinic have two methods to remove theses Campbell de Morgan spots effectively. Cryotherapy is effective, using liquid nitrogen to freeze off the spots. Laser removal is another option, and neither procedures cause any scarring.



Dr Lisa Fay
MB BCh BAO, DCH, MRCGP, HDip Derm, MSc Derm,, BTEC, FPC, MBACD

Dr Lisa Fay is the founder of CosmeticDoctor.ie. She has over 12 years of clinical experience and has been performing aesthetic treatments for over 9 years.

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