Daily Bolus of LR: Pyogenic granuloma

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April 19, 2011 by dailybolusoflr

For Tuesday

 

Pyogenic Granuloma

 

·         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.

 

To view these lesions, please click here:

http://www.dermnet.org.nz/vascular/pyogenic-granuloma.html

 

 

Linda Regan, MD FACEP

Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

 

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