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Skin tags, acrochordons, fibroepithelial polyp

What is it?

The acrochordons, also known as skin tags, are benign tumors occurring more frequently in adults. The cause is unknown and may be related to a familial tendency. The condition affects men and women and the tags consist of loose collagen tissue surrounded by skin.

Characteristics and symptoms

Skin tags may appear in large numbers or as a single lesion. They are usually skin-colored or slightly darker and located on the neck, body folds, armpits, groins, trunk or other areas.

The lesions present as flaccid skin growths, pedunculated and with wrinkled surface, which may have a narrow stalk connecting it to the skin. Tags can vary from very small to a half-inch long and are not painful unless irritated from rubbing by clothing or skin rubbing against skin.

Treatment

Treatment is not necessary unless lesions are irritated or cosmetically displeasing. The skin tags can be treated by chemical cauterization, electrocoagulation, cryosurgery (freezing) or by surgical removal.

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