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Pyogenic granuloma

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8499 (Published 02 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:e8499
  1. Stephen Key, specialty registrar,
  2. Mathavi Uthayanan, foundation year 2,
  3. Prashant Kanabar, consultant
  1. 1Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, Barts Health NHS Trust, Newham University Hospital, London E13 8SL, UK
  1. m.uthayanan{at}hotmail.co.uk

A 36 year old woman presented with a rapidly enlarging, friable, pedunculated mass on the volar surface of her dominant middle finger. She sustained a minor superficial laceration at the site six weeks earlier, but did not need medical attention. The 1.5 cm mass was physically interfering with finger flexion and hand function. Two courses of antibiotics had no effect. After the mass was resected, pyogenic granuloma was confirmed histologically. Pyogenic granulomas can cause distress even though they are benign. Treatment is excision; despite the name, they are not infectious.

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