WENDY LEVINSON, M.D.; PATRICK M. DUNN, M.D.
To the editor: We have reviewed the article in the December issue on skin tags and adenomatous polyps of the colon (1), and we disagree with the authors' conclusions. The sensitivity and specificity of skin tags for identifying a patient with adenomatous colonic polyps were reported to be 73% and 71%, respectively. The authors state that the odds of skin tags and colonic polyps occurring together far exceeds what would have been expected by chance alone, and they imply that patients at risk for polyps should be screened by skin examination. Unfortunately, this study is similar to the study by
LEVINSON W, DUNN PM. Skin Tags and Colonic Polyps. Ann Intern Med. ;104:588. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-4-588_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(4):588.
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