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Acrochordons, or a skin tag can vary in appearance, from smooth and irregular, flesh colored or deeply pigmented.  They are found primarily in areas where  skin  forms  creases,  such as eyelids,  armpits, groin, beneath the breasts and torso.   Skin tags  hang from the surface of the skin on a thin piece of  tissue called a stalk. 

Causes are not entirely  known, but genetics, age, and obesity are thought to play a part.  Although skin tags are usually benign, speculation by the medical community has been that skin tags may serve as a marker for colon polyps; both types of tissue possibly being influenced by a growth factor enzyme.

Skin tag removal is accomplished with use of sharp sterile scissors,  by freezing or burning off at the stalk.  Bleeding is minimized with cauterization.

  • Information about colon polyps

    Skin tags: a cutaneous marker for colonic polyps.
    Leavitt J, Klein I, Kendricks F, Gavaler J, VanThiel DH.

    The relation between adenomatous colonic polyps and the development of adenocarcinoma of the colon is well established. An association between skin tags and colonic polyps in patients with acromegaly has also been reported. To ascertain if skin tags are a cutaneous marker for colonic polyps independent of the presence of acromegaly, 100 men referred for colonoscopy were studied. Forty-six patients had colonic polyps and 37 also had skin tags; the correlation was highly significant (p less than 0.005). The sensitivity and specificity of the presence of skin tags serving as a cutaneous marker for adenomatous colonic polyps were both greater than 75%. Thus, at least in this population, skin tags may serve as a means for identifying patients at increased risk for having colonic polyps.

    PMID:6859706[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]     


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