Pyogenic Granuloma

Pyogenic Granuloma – What Is It?

The word “granulomatosis” refers to a group of diseases characterized by the growth of cancerous tumors on hair follicles (follicular units). These cancers are usually benign or malignant depending upon their stage. Some types of these tumors may cause no symptoms while others may cause severe pain and even scarring. Other types may affect only one type of hair cell. There are many different types of these tumors but they all share certain characteristics:

They occur mostly in people over age 50

They tend to grow slowly and not spread very far from where they first appear

Their growth rate slows down with time (up to 20 years) and then stops altogether after about 10 years of being present. However, some types will continue growing indefinitely. They do not respond well to chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

How Do You Get One?

There are several ways that someone could get a pyogenic granuloma tumor. The most common way is through sexual contact with an individual who has one. A person’s risk of getting a pyogenic granuloma depends on several factors including their age, how long they have been sexually active, and whether or not they smoke cigarettes. Other ways that people can get these tumors include traumatic injury, insect bites, and minor skin abrasions.

What Are The Different Types Of These Tumors?

There are four main types of these tumors:

Epithelial: These are formed from the top layers of skin, which are made up of cells called epithelial cells. They can also be developed in hair follicles or sebaceous glands. They can also be found in the mouth, intestines, and lungs.

Connective tissue: These are found under the dermis and are composed of connective tissue cells. These are not very common but may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or bloodstream.

Cancerous tumors: These are more common in people who have weakened immune systems such as those with HIV infections. They grow aggressively and invade surrounding tissues.

Cysts: These can develop anywhere in the body and are filled with a liquid substance.

What Are The Different Types Of Skin Tumors?

There are several types of skin tumors, each of which is named after the part of the skin from which it originates:

Apocrine glands: These tumors usually occur in people over age 50 and can cause sever pain. They also have a strong odor due to the presence of apocrine cells.

Apical cell: These tumors are very rare and usually found in middle-aged men

Haarzian: These are benign tumors that are commonly found in young adults. They are usually painless but can cause bleeding if they become inflamed.

Keratocystic: These are benign cysts that contain keratin. They appear as pink growths on sun-damaged skin.

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