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Acrochordon in Adult
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Acrochordon in Adult

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Contributors: Noah Craft MD, PhD, Lindy P. Fox MD, Lowell A. Goldsmith MD, MPH
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Synopsis

Acrochordons, also known as skin tags or fibroepithelial polyps, are common benign, cutaneous growths. They present as small, skin-colored or brown, soft papules and are most commonly found in areas of frequent friction such as the eyelids, neck, axillary, and inguinal areas. They are usually asymptomatic but can become irritated by clothing or jewelry. Occasionally, lesions twist upon their own stalk, which leads to strangulation of their blood supply and spontaneous necrosis of the lesion. Acrochordons are associated with increasing age, pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity. Men and women are affected equally, and there is no difference in prevalence among different ethnicities and races.

Acrochordons can also be a feature of the autosomal-dominantly inherited Birt-Hogg-Dube syndrome. They are increased in number in acromegaly and are sometimes associated with acanthosis nigricans.

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ICD10CM:
L91.8 – Other hypertrophic disorders of the skin

SNOMEDCT:
201091002 – Skin tag

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Acrochordon : Axilla, Inframammary fold of chest, Neck, Skin tag, Inguinal region
Clinical image of Acrochordon
A close-up of a dark brown pedunculated papule.
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