April 19, 2011 by dailybolusoflr
· This is a relatively common skin condition which presents as a small growth which is highly vascular.
· Patients often present due to pain, bleeding (due to simply bumping the growth- this is due to the relative vascularity and friability of the surface) or with the concern that it is malignant.
· Pyogenic granulomas are often post-traumatic in nature and grow over the course of days to weeks.
· They are noted more in woman and are often associated with pregnancy.
· The most common locations are the head, neck, upper trunk and hands and feet. The most common location in pregnant women is inside their mouth.
· These patients should be referred to dermatology or a surgeon who specializes in skin procedures.
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Linda Regan, MD FACEP
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions