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Colonic Polyps and Acrochordons (Skin Tags) Do Not Correlate in Familial Colonic Polyposis Kindreds

GORDON D. LUK, M.D.
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▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Gordon D. Luk; Oncology 2-115, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Baltimore, MD 21205.


COLON NEOPLASIA WORK GROUPJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Baltimore, Maryland.


Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(2):209-210. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-104-2-209
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The incidence of colon cancer and survival after surgical resection have not improved in the last 40 years (1). Evidence supports the belief that adenomatous tissue transforms to colorectal cancer tissue (2). The identification of colonic polyps can help in monitoring persons at high risk for developing colon cancer, and polyp removal can result in a decreased incidence of colon cancer (1).

An association between the presence of acrochordons—simple skin tags—and colonic polyps has been reported in patients with acromegaly (3, 4), and in a general hospital patient population with colonic disorders who were referred for colonoscopy (5). This association prompted

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