What is Pyogenic Granuloma?

Also known as: granuloma telangiectaticum

Pyogenic granuloma is a relatively common skin growth that presents as a shiny red mass. It is sometimes called ‘granuloma telangiectaticum’.

The surface has a raspberry-like or raw minced meat appearance. Although they are benign (non-cancerous), pyogenic granulomas can cause problems of discomfort and profuse bleeding. Pyogenic granuloma may be secondary to trauma, infection (Staphylococcus auerus common) hormonal changes (occurs in 5% of pregnancies) drug induced (acitretin isotretinion or protease inhibitors).

Lesions usually first appear as a small pinhead-sized red, brownish-red or blue-black spot that grows rapidly over a period of a few days to weeks to anywhere between 2mm and 2cm in diameter. They bled and can ulcerate forming crusted sores. They mostly appear on the head, neck upper trunk, hands and feet.


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