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Acrochordon
Classification & external resources
Skin tag on adult woman's upper cheek
ICD-10 L91.8
(congenitalQ82.8)
ICD-9 216
OMIM 109400
DiseasesDB 33273
MedlinePlus 000848
eMedicine derm/606 

An acrochordon (a.k.a. skin tag, pedunculated papilloma or fibroepithelial polyp) is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpits and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. They range in size from rice to golf ball size, although larger ones have been seen. The surface of acrochordons may be smooth or irregular in appearance. Often, they are raised from the surface of the skin on a fleshy stalk called a "peduncle." Microscopically, an acrochordon consists of a fibrovascular core, sometimes also with fat cells, covered by an unremarkable epidermis. Image File history File links Skintag Copyright: I took this picture. ... The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (most commonly known by the abbreviation ICD) provides codes to classify diseases and a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or disease. ... The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision (ICD-10) is a coding of diseases and signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or diseases, as classified by the World Health Organization (WHO). ... // L00-L99 - Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00-L08) Infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L00) Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (L01) Impetigo (L02) Cutaneous abscess, furuncle and carbuncle (L03) Cellulitis (L04) Acute lymphadenitis (L05) Pilonidal cyst (L08) Other local infections of skin and subcutaneous tissue (L081) Erythrasma... // Q00-Q99 - Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00-Q07) Congenital malformations of the nervous system (Q00) Anencephaly and similar malformations (Q01) Encephalocele (Q02) Microcephaly (Q03) Congenital hydrocephalus (Q04) Other congenital malformations of brain (Q05) Spina bifida (Q06) Other congenital malformations of spinal cord (Q07) Other congenital malformations of nervous... The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (most commonly known by the abbreviation ICD) provides codes to classify diseases and a wide variety of signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances and external causes of injury or disease. ... The following is a list of codes for International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. ... The Mendelian Inheritance in Man project is a database that catalogues all the known diseases with a genetic component, and - when possible - links them to the relevant genes in the human genome. ... The Disease Bold textDatabase is a free website that provides information about the relationships between medical conditions, symptoms, and medications. ... MedlinePlus (medlineplus. ... eMedicine is an online clinical medical knowledge base that was founded in 1996. ... Look up Benign in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tumor or tumour literally means swelling, and is sometimes still used with that meaning. ... A human neck. ... The armpit (or axilla) is the area on the human body directly under the joint where the arm connects to the shoulder. ... The groin is the crease at the junction of the torso with the legs and the adjacent region that includes the external genitals. ... The term peduncle has several meanings: In botany, a Peduncle (botany) is a flower stalk, or stem. ...


Skin tags are harmless, although they are sometimes irritated by clothing or jewelry and can interfere with shaving and other routine grooming. Why and how skin tags form is not entirely known, but there are correlations with age and obesity. They are more common in people with diabetes mellitus and in pregnant women. It is estimated that by age 70, up to 59 percent of people have them. A genetic component (causation) is thought to exist. Rarely, they can be associated with the Birt-Hogg-DubĂ© syndrome. A man shaving using a straight razor. ... For the disease characterized by excretion of large amounts of very dilute urine, see diabetes insipidus. ... Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome (BHD) is a rare human genetic disorder. ...


Prior to the age of modern medicine, acrochordons were believed to be one sign of a witches' mark. [citation needed] A witches mark, also known as a Devils mark or a witches teat, was a supposed mark on the body indicating (to those participating in witchhunts) that an individual was a witch. ...


Treatment

There are several methods of removing them:

  • cryosurgery (freezing)
  • tying off the stem to cut off the blood supply
  • excision with scissors or a scalpel, or nailclipper
  • burning with an electrolysis needle

All of these methods of treatment are considered minor surgery, typically done in a doctor's office although an aesthetician may remove them with electrolysis. Since removal of skin tags is considered to be cosmetic, most health care systems and medical insurance plans will not cover it. Cryosurgery (cryotherapy) is the application of extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. ... Aesthetics (or esthetics) (from the Greek word αισθητική) is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... Health Insurance is a type of insurance whereby the insurer pays the medical costs of the insured if the insured becomes sick due to covered causes, or due to accidents. ...


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  Results from FactBites:
 
eMedicine - Acrochordon : Article by Robert A Schwartz (2102 words)
Acrochordons are flesh-colored pedunculated lesions that tend to occur in areas of skin folds.
Acrochordons are characterized by acanthotic, flattened, or frondlike epithelium.
Acrochordons were thought to be marked by decreased numbers of elastic fibers, though one study of elastic tissue in FEPs showed no deficiency of this tissue.
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