Spider Angiomas

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Angiomas are benign tumors that are made up of small blood vessels. They usually appear at or near the surface of the skin. It is a red dome-shaped lesion usually occurring on the trunk and formed as a result of the weakening of the capillary wall. There are many different types of angiomas. Some of the different types include: spider angiomas, cherry angiomas, and senile angiomas. A spider angioma is a type of angioma found slightly below the skin's surface, often containing a central red spot and reddish extensions which radiate outwards like a spider's web. Angiomas may appear anywhere on the body, and aren't considered dangerous depending on their location. However, they may be present as symptoms of another more serious disorder, such as cirrhosis.

Angiomas of the bone are often associated with angiomas of the skin or muscles. Most angiomas remain asymptomatic, but they may cause collapse of the vertebrae if they occur in the spine, and hemorrhage is a danger in some locations. Two angioma types of angiomas spider angioma and cherry angioma. Spider angiomas are commonly found on the face, neck, upper part of the trunk and arms. They may also be present on the backs of the hands and fingers in young children. A spider angioma lesion typically has a red dot in the center with reddish extensions radiating out for some distance around it. It is found in ninety percent of the females and around eighty percent of them are affected by it before they attain the age of twenty. Cherry angioma is the most common kind of angioma.

These are made up of clusters of tiny capillaries at the surface of the skin, and range in color from bright red to purple. Angioma serpiginosum may be familial, with autosomal dominant inheritance and variable penetrance. Angiomas can be treated with electrodesiccation. Angiomas can also be treated with liquid nitrogen therapy. Liquid nitrogen is a cold, liquefied gas that is sprayed on the skin with a spray gun. This works by freezing and destroying the tumor of blood vessels. Laser uses a beam of concentrated light. Angiomas sometimes recur after treatment. Another option is the use of stereotactic radiosurgery. This is defined as a precise way of delivering radiation to the lesion, without affecting the surrounding area of the brain. This technique has been highly successful in treating Venous Angiomas.

Angioma Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Angiomas can be treated with electrodesiccation.

2. Angiomas can also be treated with liquid nitrogen therapy.

3. Cryosurgery is also helpful treatment for angiomas.

4. Electrosurgery has been used some time.

5. Another option is the use of stereotactic radiosurgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    spider angiomas?
    ive got one of my nose,
    i stuck a needle init, and had a bruise on it for about, a day and a half,
    the whole of the angiomas disappeared, until i pressed it and it came back?
    is there another way i can get rid of it except from going to the doctors, as im only 14 and i think im too young to have the treatment taken place on me ?

    • ANSWER:
      tanika97 summed it up perfectly.

      No other response is necessary.

    whats a 'spider angiomas' and can you get rid of it without a needle ?

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    i have spider angiomas, two underneath my eyes and one on my pinky finger.?
    i also have lupus. i went to my doctor today and he had me tested for liver disease! he did also say the angiomas could come from my birth control (7years on it) i was wondering if i had liver disease wouldnt i have more than just three angiomas. i have had them for a long time on went away but the other three are still there.

    • ANSWER:
      Hes probably just being ultra careful. If you had liver disease you would probably have had other symptoms;

    How much would it be to get rid of a spider nevus?
    Its a tiny red spot thats been on my face for over a year now.
    Its not hurting me, it just looks like a permenant bright red spot

    I know what it is,
    "*Spider angiomas, also called spider nevi, are common and benign tumors, usually bright red and small (1 mm), made of blood vessels."

    I cant remember how much the dr said it would be to have laser treatment or freezing,
    Anybody know + help me? :)

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    Spider angiomas?? Anyone else with this problem?
    I recently saw my GP for what I thought was spider veins that seemed to be closely concentrated in several places on my arms and chest and one specifically on the back of my arm that is about the size of a quarter. I have had a few of them for several years and the one on the back of my arm seemed to get bigger. I have noticed lately that there seems to be more popping up on my arms but then again maybe I have been just looking for them so it seems that way. He didn't have a specific reason for them but ran some blood tests such as liver panel, thyroid tests, checked for rheumatic arthritis, white blood cell and red blood cell which all came back good with no red flags. He has referred me to a dermatologist in hopes of getting a better direction to finding a cause. Anyone else have this problem with a reason?

    I am not at risk for hepatitis and and don't drink heavily.

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    Spider angiomas problem?
    Hi. So I have one daughter and she has one red one in the left side of her nose and it's embarrassing!! I don't know how to get rid of it and her doctor said it will go away but it's been almost 7 years!! She also has 5 more on the rest of her body! She's really embarrassed and makeup doesn't cover it. What should I do? What are the treatment options? What are the treatments? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Clarissa - Spider angioma treatment is generally not necessary. In some cases, electrocauterization or laser treatment may be used. Spider angiomas often disappear in children but tend to persist in adults. It is important to mention to your doctor if your daughter develops a new spider angioma, to rule out related medical conditions. Have you consulted with a dermatologist?

    spider angioma question please help?
    I have 2 big spider angiomas! and I have little pin prick size ones too, I have lots about 15 on each arm. I showed my doctor twice and she isn't worried about them
    But then I look on the internet and I find it can mean you have leukemia or liver disease!

    Which one is right?? please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I would believe your doctor over some internet doctor.
      You doctor would know your medical history, and if they have seen it they can diagnosis it better. Even know they are human too, and they get things wrong. But they are more reliable then internet doctors.

      But its up to you if you think 'that doctor' was good enough.
      Meaning, how long they have been in medical practice for a long time, or how long they have gone to school, and how long they have been a doctor for.

    I scratched a spider angioma on my nose twice and it bled excessively should I be concerned?
    I'm 20 years old and very concerned about the spider angiomas on my face.I've noticed two on my fingers and it never bothered me. I have eczema and many moles on my face I never knew much about angiomas until i researced it. I did research because I scratched the angioma on my nose twice thinking it was just another pimple. It bled excessively and wouldn't stop. It literally ran like water from a running tap. I read just a few minutes ago that sometimes it is due to liver disease and that one of the symptoms are developing a belly. I have been feeling quite bloated lately thought i was pregnant my periods came, thought it was my period my period left and i'm still a bit bloated.Should i see a doctor?or should I just stop scratching the angioma

    • ANSWER:
      Spider angiomas may occur in pregnancy, malnutrition and healthy people.
      and also patients who have liver disease

      People who have advanced liver disease develop what is known
      as Ascites (fluid build up inside the abdominal area because the
      liver is no longer able to make a protein, known as Albumin, which
      holds fluid inside our vessels). This fluid is drained by a procedure
      known as Paracentesis on a regular basis.

      You should have blood testing done and the doctor can rule
      out a liver, kidney, biliary, or other problems in doing this.
      Spider angiomas do bleed alot because they are like a
      grouping of small vessels that carry blood (similar to capillaries).
      It would be best to have a check up with your doctor about these.
      Best wishes

    My friend has been diagnosed with Hep C. he still drinks. He has had 2 seizures and coughs up bloody mucus dai?
    He coughs up blood daily and has had nosebleeds that last up to a week. He can stop them but they return. He has hundreds of Spider Angiomas. No insurance. What does this all mean and what can we do? No ascites or swelling of any kind yet. HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If your friend has been diagnosed with Hep-C... his Immune System is impaired, and contagious.
      You personally need to take blood / fluid precautions seriously. This sounds very serious, Seizures as well as coughing up blood, is nothing to waiting to receive answers. As a friend, you need to report this to his Doctor for not only his safety, but others safety.

    liver failure mcq step 1 boards?
    Physical examination of a 45-year-old man with an unclear past medical history reveals an individual who looks much older than his stated age with a swollen abdomen, gynecomastia, testicular atrophy, multiple spider angiomas, caput medusa, and yellow discoloration of sclera. The patient appears to have mild cognitive and short-term memory deficiencies. A biopsy of the liver would most likely reveal which of the following?
    A. Dilated bile ducts with normal hepatocytes
    B. Multiple rests of disorganized hepatic parenchyma containing biliary components
    C. Multiple small nodules with intracellular Russell bodies
    D. Single disorganized collection of atypical hepatocytes with multiple abnormal mitotic figures
    E. Sites of fibrosis, disorganization of hepatic parenchyma

    i thought E since i d guess dude to be in ESLF...hepatic cirrhosis would be indicative of E or so i think

    • ANSWER:
      Thank you for the question.

      Yes, Choice E is correct for the exact reasons.

    Itchy burning fingers?
    It's a long story so here it goes...

    I had my daughter 11 years ago and when about 6 months pregnant started to swell horribly bad. The doctors always said it was just being pregnant but it continued every night for about 2 years after she was born.

    My GP starting testing and attempting to treat the symptoms with water pills and anti-imflammatories although it never really helped. The systems started as swelling in the hands and feet most of the time on fingers and toes. It itched and burned at the same time. There was never really any rashes or other symptoms, just severe itching. The swelling was most noticable around 4 - 5 pm and by the next morning I would not even be able to tell that I hurt the day before. It was usually only a few places. Sometime it affected my wrists and knees and very seldomly my shoulders or hips. I would occasionally start itching in an odd place such as outer thigh or back of my calve which I would itch so much I would bruise and bleed. Sometimes I would sleep standing at the sink so I could run my hands under cold water since that was all that would soothe them.

    I was eventually sent to a rheumatologist which I did not have the money for so I could not get the Xrays and testing that they wanted to do. My GP vowed to continue to try to help since I really couldn't afford a specialist and did some blood work which all came back normal to include and ANA test which was negative and something about an Ro factor or antibody... all negative.

    The swelling completely quit for about a year but then came back for another year and a half and has been gone until recently. I am not starting to feel that burning feeling in my hands that itches uncontrollably. There are no marks, no bumps, nothing at all..just swelling an where I have itched it is red. You can normally see a red circle on my skin with a white circle in the middle.Nothing poppable though.

    Recently I saw my doctor for some marks on my skin that looked like small clustered blood vessells and was told they were spider angiomas. He did a complete blood work up to inlcude to rheumatolocical tests which were all negative or in good standings.

    Any ideas??

    • ANSWER:
      Very well could be lupus, pregnancies can bring this on and it would also explain the going into remission of it. Otherwise I would check for some problems with the lungs because bad fingers many times indicate problems with lungs.

    can you answer this medical case, why is the person have bloody stool and what are the causes of his symptoms?
    45 y/o, married male with a chief complaint of bloody stools
    PE: BP – 90/60; RR – 18/min; HR – 60 bpm; Temp = 37.8°C
    Pertinent Physical Examination Findings:
    Pupil – slightly jaundiced
    Abdomen – globular abdomen, with spider angiomas
    Ext: (+) varicosities, Grade I bipedal edema
    Rectal Exam: (+) blood on tactating finger, no masses with bloody stools

    Past Medical Hx:
    •Diagnosed to have Pulmonary Tuberculosis 4 months ago currently on RHES with good compliance and follow ups check up
    •Currently on the following medications
    Omeprazole 40 mg/cap; cap OD since 4 months ago
    Sangibion ( ferrous gloconate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, folic acid, sorbitol, vit c) 1 tab once daily x 2 months since 4 months ago
    Epoietin alpha once weekly since 1yr ago
    •High doses of multi-vitamins containing Niacin – intermittent

    Social Hx:
    •Alcoholic beverage drinker since 20 years of age
    Rhum every morning
    this is only a hypothetical case

    • ANSWER:
      this is just a shot in the dark, but I'd consult a doctor not an internet questions board

    Small pinpoint red spots on chest and arm?
    Ok, I've noticed this small, pinpoint clusters of red spots appearing on 3 places on my chest and 1 place on my arm. They don't itch, don't hurt, are flat, and seem like a mere discoloration of the skin. They don't seem serious. However, they seem to disappear and then reappear on some other spot on my chest. They appear about an inch from my right nipple. These small discolorations are 1/8 of an inch wide in diameter.

    They aren't cherry angiomas. And yes, of course I am going to a doctor. Just want to see if others have had this problem. I am a male in early 20s. Could it be stress related, bug bites (I've had bedbugs and spiders in my house), or what? I've had this problem for a few months new. I recently had a chem. blood panel and CBC done and all came back perfect.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the SAME problem!!! The measles were brought to my attention, but that's pretty unlikely since the little red spots don't itch. My spots have moved from my feet to my legs to my arms (skipped my stomach and back). I was also told that my nerves could have caused them or bedbugs I am going to the doctor on Friday and I hope that it is only nerves. I hope your spots go away soon!