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Oral Pyogenic Granuloma in Pregnancy Oral Pyogenic Granuloma in Pregnancy

Author(s):

Lee H. Silverstein, DDS, MS, FACD, FICD;C.H. Burton Jr., B.B. Singh

Date Added:

1/1/1995


Summary:

An oral pyogenic granuloma can develop immediately following the first trimester of pregnancy. Usually an oral pyogenic granuloma is a slow-growing mass that does not, upon excision, leave a large defect in the periodontium requiring surgical repair. However an oral pyogenic granuloma often grows into a large mass in the gravid female, which generally emanates from a stalk, originating at an interdental gingival papilla. Although such lesions are commonly known as 'pregnancy tumors' or 'pregnancy epulides', they are clinically and histologically indistinguishable from an oral pyogenic granuloma occurring in males and in non-pregnant females. Pyogenic granulomata, on both skin and mucous surfaces, are usually benign fibrovascular proliferations which should be regarded as inflammatory overgrowths and not true neoplasms.

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