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Alternative namesLobular capillary hemangioma
DefinitionPyogenic granulomas are small, reddish bumps on the skin that bleed easily due to an abnormally high concentration of blood vessels. These lesions often appear at sites of previous trauma.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The exact cause of pyogenic granulomas is unknown, but they frequently appear following injury. They often occur on the hands and arms or face.
Because these lesions bleed easily, they can be quite annoying. Pyogenic granulomas are common in children.
Signs and testsPhysical examination is usually sufficient for your health care provider to diagnose pyogenic granuloma. A skin biopsy may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
TreatmentSmall pyogenic granulomas may go away suddenly. Larger lesions are treated with surgery, electrocautery , freezing, or lasers. The recurrence rate is high if the entire lesion is not destroyed.
Most pyogenic granulomas can be removed, but scarring may appear after treatment. Recurrences at the same site are not infrequent.
Calling your health care providerCall for an appointment with your health care provider if you have a skin lesion that bleeds easily or that changes appearance.
Update Date: 1/11/2003Glen H. Crawford, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT