A giant acrochordon of the lower limb


COD: 02_2013_237-242 Categorie: ,

Pasquale Fino, Maria Giuseppina Onesti, Paolo Fioramonti, Daniele Passaretti, Nicolò Scuderi

Ann. Ital. Chir., 2013 84: 237-241

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Acrochordon, more commonly known as skin tag or Fibroepithelial polyp, is an extremely common, soft, round or oval, pendunculated skin papilloma 1 with a prevalence of 46% in the general population. It is usually constricted at the base and varies in size from 1 mm to 5 cm. Lesions tend to increase in size over a time 2. Acrochorda have an irregular or smooth surface and most commonly located on neck (90-34%), axillae (54-38%), trunk (37%), eyelids (34-22%), face (7%), groin and on the lumbar area 3. They may be associated with several diseases like diabetes mellitus, impaired glucose tolerance, obesity, increased cardiovascular (atherogenic lipid profile) risk, HPV 6 and 11 infections, ageing skin 1-3. Furthermore, Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and keratoacanthoma have been reported to occur on acrochorda 1-3.