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A 10-year-old girl has a slightly painful 2-mm ...


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submitted by seagull(722),

The authors went out of their way to find thew worst photo of a granuloma they could. The threw on a stem that suggests that it would be granulation tisue. But little did we know...

amorah  I was between granulation tissue and granuloma. Then ruled out granulation tissue because this is a 10 week old wound. Assuming normal wound healing, granulation tissue would be replaced by type III collagen/resolution by 10 weeks. +8  
sbryant6  Got this right because the exact same question is in Uworld. +  
dubywow  Got baited... took my eye off the ball (and onto that worst photo ever) and missed the Ten week part. Granulation for the "L". +1  
groovygrinch  Anytime they go out of their way to mention sutures, my mind goes right to granulomas +  
beto  there are multinucleated cells(minimum 4). this helped me to choose granuloma over granulation tissue +  

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submitted by kard(15),

Might be this way, correct me please if my approach is mistaken. So in the Stem we have a Painful nodule, (Due to 10weeks ago Sutures) So im thinking on Suture granuloma, that forms a lesion (Painful Nodule) arround the non-absorbable suture material.

Is the grey supposed to be a suture? If not why would this not be wound healing therefore granulation tissue?

asapdoc  If you look at the picture you can see the epithelioid and giant cells. I only picked granuloma because I remember seeing a similar picture in Uworld. +5  
dentist  granulation tissue is a part of the normal wound healing process, and happens within the first week. +  

A suture granuloma essentially is a foreign body reaction to suture remaining in the tissue after surgery. It is generally a tender, erythematous nodule that occurs several days to weeks after surgery. A suture granuloma is treated with intralesional steroids or excision.