What is it?

Pyogenic granulomas refer to a skin growth that is round, small and red, with a tendency to bleed due to many blood vessels. They are more common in children, young adults and pregnant women. Typically, it starts as a lesion that grows rapidly during a few weeks, and reaches its maximum growth, usually being less than 2 centimeters. It may grow on the hands, arms, face, neck, chest, back, lips, eyelids, genitals and the inside of the mouth. Rarely, they grow inside the eye. It may appear after injuries, big bites, and some medications, but sometimes the reason is unknown. It is a benign growth.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms may include bleeding.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include a skin biopsy.


Treatment depends on the size of the granulomas. Small pyogenic granulomas usually disappear on their own while bigger ones usually are removed with cauterizing or laser surgery.

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