Poxvirus-Induced Vascular Angiogenesis Mimicking Pyogenic Granuloma

Serdar Z. A. , Yasar S., Demirkesen C. , KARABAY E. A.

American Journal of Dermatopathology, cilt.40, 2018 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 40 Konu: 9
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1097/dad.0000000000001138
  • Dergi Adı: American Journal of Dermatopathology


The orf virus, a member of poxvirus family, is a zoonotic parapoxvirus endemic in many countries, mostly seen among sheep, goats, oxen, and may be transmitted to humans. Orf virus infections may induce ulceration, papulonodular, pustular, or ecthyma lesions in the skin. Rarely, orf virus provokes extensive vasculoendothelial proliferation by encoding an apparent homolog of the mammalian vascular endothelial growth factor family of molecules. The vascular endothelial growth factor-like viral gene product is expressed early during infection and could be responsible for the induction of endothelial proliferation. Here, a 6-year-old male patient with poxvirus-induced widespread vascular angiogenesis is presented, which developed ten days after a thermal burn.