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Cutaneous skin tags

  • Definition

    Cutaneous skin tags are small, usually harmless (benign) skin growths.

    Alternative Names

    Skin tags; Acrochordons; Fibroepithelial polyps

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Cutaneous tags are very common skin growths. They usually occur after midlife and are usually harmless and noncancerous (benign). The tag sticks out of the skin and may have a short, narrow stalk connecting it to the surface of the skin.

    Cutaneous tags are usually painless and do not grow or change. However, they may be irritated from rubbing by clothing or other materials. Cutaneous skin tags are more common in people who are overweight or who have diabetes. They are thought to occur from skin rubbing against skin, so they commonly form in skin folds.


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