Pyogenic granulomas are small, reddish bumps on the skin that bleed easily due to an abnormally high number of blood vessels.
Lobular capillary hemangioma
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.
- Small red vascular lump that bleeds easily
- Often occur at site of recent injury
- Seen most frequently on hands, arms, and face, but are often found in the mouths of pregnant women
Signs and tests
Your health care provider can usually diagnose this condition by simply performing a physical exam. However, a skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
Small pyogenic granulomas may go away suddenly. Larger lesions are treated with surgery, electrocautery, freezing, or lasers.
Most pyogenic granulomas can be removed, but scarring may appear after treatment. There is a good chance that the condition will return if the entire granuloma is not destroyed during treatment.
- Bleeding from the lesion
- Reappearance of treated lesions
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have a skin lesion that bleeds easily or that changes appearance.
Michael Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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