A giant skin tag of the buttock

Samia Mrabat1, Hanane Baybay1, Aida Oulehri1, Zakia Douhi1, Sara Elloudi1, Fatima Zahra Mernissi1, Amal Douida2, Layla Tahri Elousrouti2, Hinde El Fatemi2

1Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Hassan II, Fes, Morocco, 2Department of Anatomopathlogy, University Hospital Hassan II, Fes, Morocco

Corresponding author: Samia Mrabat, MD

Submission: 10.12.2020; Acceptance: 09.03.2021

DOI: 10.7241/ourd.2021e.32

Cite this article:  Mrabat S, Baybay H, Oulehri A, Douhi Z, Elloudi S, Mernissi FZ, Douida A, Elousrouti LT, El Fatemi H. A giant skin tag of the buttock. Our Dermatol Online. 2021;12(e):e32.

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Skin tags, also called acrochordon, are one of the most common benign skin tumors. They present as small, soft, skin-colored to dark brown, sessile or pedunculated papilloma [1]. They are most commonly seen on the head and neck, with few reports in other locations [2]. Skin tags range in size from several millimeters to, rarely, many centimeters . Unless irritated or infarcted, skin tags are more of a cosmetic issue than a clinical concern and can easily be removed by excision, electrodessication or cryosurgery [3]. We report the case of a diabetic woman who had a giant skin tag on her right buttock.

A 45-year-old woman presented with a painless mass on the buttock area, which developed to large proportion over 10 years (Fig. 1). The lesion became slightly painful a couple of months ago. Clinical examination found a soft, pedunculated mass, of 7cm/ 6 cm with an inflamed base. She received a surgery to excise the huge mass completely because of the aesthetic demand as well as the discomfort. Histopathology examination showed hyperkeratosis, acanthosis and loosely arranged collagen fibres (Fig. 2). Based on the clinical manifestations and histopathological description, the final diagnosis was giant skin tag of the buttock. No recurrence was seen after.

Figure 1: An erythematous pendunculated mass with an inflamed base in the buttock measuring 7 cm/6 cm.
Figure 2: Histology showing hyperkeratosis (Blue arrow) ; acanthosis (Blue star) and loosely arranged collagen fibres (Red arrows).


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