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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 60-61  

Ulcerated giant labial acrochordon in a child

1 Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey
2 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey
3 Department of General Surgery, Van Regional Training and Research Hospital, Van, Turkey

Date of Web Publication8-Jan-2015

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Dr. Hatice Uce Ozkol
Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, Van 65100
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.148955

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Ozkol HU, Bulut G, Gumus S, Calka O. Ulcerated giant labial acrochordon in a child. Indian Dermatol Online J 2015;6:60-1

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Ozkol HU, Bulut G, Gumus S, Calka O. Ulcerated giant labial acrochordon in a child. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2015 [cited 2022 Jan 17];6:60-1. Available from: https://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2015/6/1/60/148955

A 15-year-old female patient presented with a lesion on the labium majus of three years duration. The lesion was asymptomatic, skin colored, pedunculated, and measured 20 cm in diameter [Figure 1]. Three months ago, an ulcer developed on this mass. Total excision of the lesion was performed under local anesthesia with primary closure. Histopathologic examination revealed papillomatosis, regular acanthosis, loose collagen fibers, and several dilated capillaries [Figure 2]. There was no malignancy on the ulcer biopsy. The tumor cells were negative for the immunostains S100 protein, smooth muscle actin, desmin and CD34.
Figure 1: A solitary, bag-like, ulcerated, pedunculated mass on the left labium majus measuring 20 cm in diameter

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Figure 2: Fibrous collagen with telangiectatic vessels, covered by a hyperkeratotic and acanthotic epidermis, and adipocytes in the center of giant acrochordon (H and E, ×40)

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Acrochordons, also called skin tags or fibroepithelial stromal polyps, [1] are common benign tumors seen in middle aged men and women They occur as pedunculated papules or tumors of variable size and are most commonly located on the eyelids, neck, axilla, and groin. The sex distribution of acrochordons is equal. Clinically, acrochordons resemble intradermal nevi, warts, pedunculated seborrheic keratosis, angiomyxoma and neurofibromatosis. They commonly are seen in peri-or postmenopausal women. [2],[3] Acrochordons rarely occur on the vulva, cervix and extra-genital sites. [4] Despite acrochordons involving about 46% of the general population; there are a few case reports of the giant form in the literature. [5] Although a malignant transformation rate for all acrochordons was reported as 0.37%, giant acrochordons have a higher potential for malignancy, especially, chronically irritated and inflamed acrochordons. Malignancy should be ruled out in every diagnosis of giant acrochordons. [6] The relationship between acrochordons and impaired glucose tolerance, obesity, and polyps of the colon has been reported in some studies. [3]

Histopathologically, acrochordons are polypoid with variably loose to intense collagenous stroma with fine walled enlarged blood vessel in the center. Pigmentation of basal keratinocytes is increased in the epidermis. Fat cells are sometimes seen within the center of larger acrochordons. [7],[8] A few smooth muscle bundles and hyalinized vascular changes may be noted at the base of acrochordon. Electrocautery and cryotherapy are generally curative. Simple excision is required in case of a giant lesion. [3]

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