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Best described as an abnormal vascular malformation, a pyogenic granuloma is an inflamed growth that typically develops on the arms, head or neck. Growths are also known to occur in the oral cavity, which can cause discomfort for the sufferer. Made up of friable blood vessels, pyogenic granuloma may bleed frequently, shrink and reappear.

It is important to have pyogenic granulomas properly diagnosed, as they share many of their characteristics with oral and skin cancers. Lesions may respond well to oral medications by shrinking or disappearing. However, we recommend that you make an appointment with the Vascular Birthmark Center if they reappear, begin to bleed and then refuse to heal.

Pyogenic Granuloma Treatment

Patients can have pyogenic granuloma removed at the Vascular Birthmark Center. There are a number of effective treatment options, depending on the location of the pyogenic granuloma and the individual needs of the patient. Some of the most effective treatment options are as follows.

Curettage and cauterization are carried out under local anesthetic by first removing the pyogenic granuloma and then cauterizing the skin. There is minimal scar tissue left behind but less chance of the lesion growing back. Surgical excision provides a solution that is all but guaranteed to ensure the lesion does not return and is especially effective when treating gingival pyogenic granulomas.

Laser therapy is effective in the reduction of both small and large pyogenic granulomas, using different wavelengths and types of lasers to achieve desired results. There is less chance of infection or scarring due to the absence of an open wound, and precision targeting can be used to reduce the risk of facial nerve damage during the procedure.

Topical creams are often better suited to treating children with pyogenic granuloma lesions, and they negate the need for more invasive treatments such as laser therapy or surgery. Due to immunomodulators contained in certain topical creams, they are incredibly efficient in the permanent removal of pyogenic granulomas.

Seeking a Diagnosis

If you are unsure whether what you are seeing is a pyogenic granuloma or another type of vascular malformation, you can consult with the Vascular Birthmark Center over the phone or via our website for free. Our team is made up of trusted professionals who know when it is the right time to come in for a full evaluation and treatment. When it comes to removing pyogenic granulomas in children, it is the aim of the Vascular Birthmark Center to use the most painless and effective treatment option.

You can also book an appointment at our Los Angeles or New York offices today if you would prefer a face-to-face consultation. If you have any concerns about travel arrangements, please feel free to discuss them when you speak to a member of the team.

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Dr. Levitin is very knowledgeable, compassionate and professional. Five years ago, I needed to find information about a birth mark that my newborn daughter started to grow a couple days after birth. I was afraid, I did not feel like I got any clear information about it through my insurance; also, they did not offer any course of treatment for it. I started to look for information, the birthmark was growing each day, information was scarce and I just got more scared. Finally, I found a video in Youtube from a grandmother who was very grateful after finding treatment for her grand daughter through The Birthmark Foundation. It was a huge blessing to me and my family. I found Dr. Levitin, I contacted him thinking he probably would not even answer. I was wrong, he kindly answered promptly, got in touch with me and soon he had a plan : ) I went to see him at the Birthmark Center in Los Angeles. He explained everything in a way that it was so clear to understand, no question I made was insignificant and his answers were each very informative. I really never have had an experience with a doctor who explains and speaks in such a way. I left his office knowing that my daughter was in the best hands and the best care. I first thank God for the Birthmark Foundation, a great organization with the highest quality of doctors. Also, a very special thanks to Dr. Levitin for all his help and kindness, for listening to my concerns and answering each and every question. And last, but no least, to the Birthmark Foundation Center in Los Angeles : ) I hope many children can find help/care in this place as I found it for my daughter. Thank you forever.

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My name is Chris and I was recently treated for an AVM on my forehead by Dr. Gregory Levitin of New York (New York Eye and Ear Infirmary). Thankfully, I live within a few hours of NYC. In brief, I would like to say that Dr. Levitin is very capable doctor with a lot of experience with AVMs. He responds quickly to e-mail, texts, and phone calls. He accepts insurance. He takes a "team approach" and will be your "QB" and involve other specialists as necessary. In my particular case they were Dr. Raj Shrivastava (Mt Sinai) and Dr. Raphael A. Ortiz (Lenox Hill) in NY. I recommend contacting Dr Levitin for a consultation if you suspect you have an AVM. All 3 Drs are just good people. When I spoke to them, they treated me like like an equal. I felt like they were advising me as a close friend or family member. Like many that suffer with AVMs I was at first mis-diagnosed. What was thought to be a just a simple cyst turned out to be an AVM. Surgery to remove the cyst made the AVM about 5x bigger. My treatment entailed a few MRIs and CAT scans to determine what was going on and the treatment plan. This was followed by consultation with the 3 Drs mentioned above and finally a 2-day procedure. On day 1 Dr Ortiz embolized the AVM. On day 2 Dr Levitin and Dr Shrivastava removed the AVM from my skull and put some metal mesh there to fill the "hole". It has been 6-months since the surgery and so far I have not had any recurrence. In honor of Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day and to thank these Drs for all they have done for me, I just want to give everyone a solid reference. Finding the right doctor for this type of stuff makes all the difference.

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