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What is Pyogenic Granuloma?
Pyogenic granuloma also known as lobular capillary hemangioma, is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor of blood vessels.
What Causes Pyogenic Granulomas or Capillary Hemangioma?
Though the cause of pyogenic granuloma is unknown, they tend to occur more commonly after injury to certain areas of the body.
Pyogenic granuloma also tend to occur more commonly in patients on certain medications such as isotretinoin which is used to treat acne and indinavir which is used to treat HIV.
Pyogenic granuloma also tend to occur in pregnant women and those taking oral contraceptives.
Note that though this skin disease is called “pyogenic granuloma”, it is not caused by an infection and neither is it a granulomatous disease.
Where Do Pyogenic Granuloma or Capillary Hemangioma Occur?
Pyogenic granuloma commonly affect children and young adults and can develop on the head, lips, gums, neck, upper trunk, fingers and toes.
What are the symptoms of a Pyogenic Granuloma or Capillary Hemangioma?
Patients develop a swelling that arises suddenly, grows rapidly and bleeds profusely. These swellings are usually single, reddish- yellow in color and ranging in size from half a centimeter to one centimeter.
For more information including how a diagnosis of Pyogenic Granuloma or Capillary Hemangioma is made and how it is treated, read Pyogenic Granuloma by Dr Miriam Kinai.
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