granuloma, pyogenicmedical dictionary

A usually solitary polypoid capillary haemangioma of the skin and gingival or oral mucosa, often associated with trauma or local irritation, representing a vasoproliferative inflammatory response. It presents as a small erythematous papule that enlarges and may become pedunculated and may become infected and ulcerate with accompanying purulent exudate. The haemangioma without suppuration is called angiogranuloma. Pyogenic granuloma is not a granuloma: the name refers to the mass of inflamed, highly vascular granulation tissue.

(12 Dec 1998)