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Unread 05-11-2004, 08:39 AM
Definition of Granulation

I've read many posts about granulation and I couldn't figure out what it really was. I know other ladies have asked what exactly is it, also, so I looked it up. This is a quote from a website.

"Granulation tissue is derived from the appearance of small red granular foci which bleed easily, commonly seen within freshly healing tissue. Consists of clusters of fragile newly-formed capillary blood vessels which proliferate and grow into damaged tissue along with fibroblasts at an early stage of the repair process." (Fibroblasts are connective tissue cells).

From the pictures I saw, you can have granulation on any wound inside or outside the body. It said it looks like what you see on a wound if you pick the scab off. (Gross)

Now I wonder how you can prevent it - being careful? Another reason to follow Doc's orders.
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Unread 05-11-2004, 08:00 PM
Definition of Granulation

Thanks for sharing this information. I had no idea what granulation is and I'm going to the Dr. on Friday to be checked for it. I had some bleeding yesterday (4 months post op) and the nurse said this might be what is causing it. Good question about how to avoid it. I'll try to remember to ask my Dr. that on Friday.
Unread 05-12-2004, 09:00 AM
Definition of Granulation

You can't prevent it. It is a normal part of healing.

It is a problem if the wound is producing too much of it, and it prevents the final phase of healing.

Since the tissue is rich with new capillary formation, it bleeds easily.

When this happens, the treatment is usually cauterization, i.e. with silver nitrate. The silver nitrate causes this tissue to necrose, then it sloughs off. Sometimes multiple treatments, or other methods, are necessary.

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