Pyogenic Granuloma of Inferior Turbinate in Children: Common Symptoms with a Rare Diagnosis
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Keywords:pyogenic granuloma, turbinates, epistaxis, child, nasal cavity, benign
Pyogenic granuloma (PG) is a rapidly growing benign lesion of the skin and mucous membrane. Its etiology is still unclear. It is suggested to have arisen either due to trauma or hormonal influences. Pyogenic granuloma is regularly found in the oral cavity. Even though it is rare, it does occur in the nasal cavity and a few cases of pyogenic granuloma have been reported among the paediatric population. We present a case of a 6-year-old boy, who presented with unilateral nasal blockage and recurrent epistaxis. The child has a history of allergic rhinitis and frequent nasal picking. Clinical examination revealed a small broad based reddish mass at the anterior part of the right inferior turbinate. The histopathological examination from complete excisional biopsy was consistent with pyogenic granuloma. Although pyogenic granuloma is relatively rare, we should raise suspicion in young patients who complain of progressive unilateral nasal blockage and recurrent epistaxis, with or without a history of trauma. Thorough clinical examination is adequate in small lesion thus sparing the need for radiological investigation for bigger and extensive lesions. Complete excision is the ultimate treatment to avoid recurrence.
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