You can’t ignore a Pyogenic Granuloma as they look awful and tend to bleed quite easily.
What are the clinical features?
Pyogenic Granuloma grow rapidly over weeks. The raised lesion is is round to oval nodule, and usually around 5-10 mm in size. The Vascular nature of the tumour makes it shiny and red in colour and could be described as looking like a raspberry. The lesion will feel quite soft, and bleeds easily. They can also ulcerate causing a crust over the lesion or around base of the lesion.
In pregnancy, this growth is often found on the lips or gums and is called oral mucosal pyogenic granuloma.
Gallery of Pyogenic Granuloma
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What is the significance?
Why does Pyogenic Granuloma matter?
Imagine a bright red rapidly growing nodule and you get the picture. Pyogenic Granuloma can’t be overlooked.
However, the alarming appearance belies its harmless nature – other than bleeding with minimal trauma.
Nodular melanoma may rarely mimic a pyogenic granuloma.
Pyogenic Granuloma does not go away without treatment.
The lesion can be removed using a process called Curettage which is done under a local anaesthetic. If Pyogenic Granuloma re-occurs after excision and, it can be treated with a further surgery or Cryotherapy.
In some cases where surgery is not require, Imiquimod cream could be used on the Pyogenic Granuloma. There were positives results for this cream shown in a study where it was used to treat Pyogenic Granuloma on the face in young children.