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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Print version ISSN 0365-0596On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
PEREIRA, José Marcos. Cherry hemangioma in the scalp. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2004, vol.79, n.1, pp.83-89. ISSN 0365-0596. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962004000100010.
Cherry hemangioma (CH) is an extremely frequent dermatosis with vascular origin involving more than 75% of the population over 70 years of age. Normally they are multiplex spots and focus predominantly on the upper trunk and arms. Clinically they are characterized by pinpoint maculae and papules with up to 5 millimeters in diameter. The most recent lesions can be a strong red color while the older ones are bluish. The etiology of CH is still unknown. From the histologic standpoint, the neoformation of the capillary tube draws attention: they are very dilated and with fenestration along the wall. The basement membranes are thickened and there is abundant collagen stroma between the veins. This work demonstrates the high frequency of CH in the scalp. In a sample of 171 patients (85 men and 86 women) the author noted that 123 (72%) had CH in the scalp. However, according to the literature, CH in the scalp has never been described.
Keywords : scalp; hemangioma.