There are different types of vascular lesions of the skin that can affect people of all ages. Pyogenic granuloma, also known as lobular capillary hemangioma, is a relatively common benign vascular lesion of the skin and mucosa that appears as an overgrowth of tissue. The exact cause of this vascular lesion is unknown, but the good news is that pyogenic granuloma is not infectious or malignant.
This vascular lesion usually occurs as a solitary growth that is prone to bleeding and ulceration. One of the most significant qualities of pyogenic granuloma is the rapid development of growth. Pyogenic granulomas typically evolve over a period of a few weeks, causing great concern to those affected and their loved ones. These vascular lesions most commonly affect children, young adults, and adults in their middle age. It is uncommon for pyogenic granuloma to affect infants or senior adults.
It is unfortunate, but these lesions have the appearance of raw hamburger meat, making them quite noticeable to others. On average, these lesions will grow to around half an inch in diameter, though some can grow larger. The most common sites for these lesions to occur are on the head, neck, hands, feet, and upper trunk.
Even though pyogenic granulomas are not cancerous, they are typically removed from the body. Because these lesions bleed and stay open most of the time, they are highly prone to infection. Removal of pyogenic granulomas usually involve the scraping off of the lesion with an instrument called a curette, and then the site is lightly cauterized to decrease the likelihood of regrowth. Laser surgery can often be done, but it has not proven superior to surgical removal. In serious cases, or in cases where doctors are more worried about regrowth of a lesion, surgical excision is done and the site is closed with stitches.
At the Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, we are experts when it comes to vascular lesions. Dr. Milton Waner and Dr. Alejandro Berenstein founded our practice to provide the most exceptional care to those with vascular malformations. The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York provides diagnosis and treatment for children and adults suffering from pyogenic granuloma. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pyogenic granuloma, it is vital that you see a doctor who specializes in treatment for vascular lesions. Our mission is to provide world-class care to all.