Pyogenic Granuloma

Pyogenic granulomaPyogenic granuloma is a common, benign skin growth. It appears as a bright red, bleeding lesion with a well-defined border.

These lesions often occur at a previous injury site, growing quickly over a few weeks to an average size of about 2cm.

Pyogenic granulomas appear on people of all ages, but are more common in children, pregnant women, and people taking certain drugs (such as oral contraceptives). They appear most often on the hands, arms, face, upper trunk, and feet.

Pyogenic granulomas can be uncomortable and have a tendency to bleed profusely due to the high number of blood vessels present. This can lead to problems including stained clothing and risk of infection.

Although pyogenic granulomas are benign, they can resemble more dangerous conditions, such as skin cancer. Your doctor will want to examine the lesion closely to make sure it is a pyogenic granuloma.

How are pyogenic granulomas treated?

Pyogenic granulomas can be removed with minor procedures, such as cryotherapy, and cautery (electrodesiccation). In some cases, excision may be required.

What is the prognosis?

While most treatments for removal of pyogenic granulomas are successful, a small scar may remain or the lesions may return. In pregant women, the lesions may go away spontaneously after delivery and may thus require no treatment.

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Last updated: 1/8/2019