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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 218-220

Capillary hemangioma of gingiva mimicking as pyogenic granuloma: Report of two cases

1 Department of Periodontics, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

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M Jananni
Department of Periodontics, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Chennai
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5194.113268

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Capillary hemangioma is benign proliferation of blood vessels that primarily occurs during childhood. Pyogenic granuloma is a common benign lesion often found in oral cavity. Pyogenic granuloma is known to show a striking predilection for the gingiva and capillary hemangioma frequently occurs in the lips, cheek, and tongue. The gingival occurrence of capillary hemangioma is considered relatively rare. The purpose of this article is to report two unusual cases of benign tumor occurring on the gingiva which was clinically diagnosed as pyogenic granuloma and histopathologically as capillary hemangioma. Clinical Relevance to Interdisciplinary Dentistry
  • The clinical diagnosis of such an uncommon occurrence can be quite challenging as they sometimes may mimic benign as pyogenic granuloma
  • In reality, it could be a more serious lesion such as malignancies.
Dentists should therefore be aware of these lesions when making diagnosis and attempts at excision of apparently innocent lesions may result in serious bleeding.

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