New mechanical device for effective removal of skin tags in routine health care
2009 (English)In: Dermatologi Online, ISSN 1087-2108, E-ISSN 1087-2108, Vol. 15, no 2, 9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Skin tags (acrochordons) are exceedingly common benign skin lesions. A novel medical device in the form of a flat adhesive patch applies pressure to the base of a skin tag, leading to its removal within 3-6 days. The device was used in a clinical trial to treat and remove skin tags of the neck, upper torso, and axillae in volunteers. In this study, a total of 177 skin tags were treated in 32 individuals. One hundred seventy-two lesions fulfilled intention to treat (ITT) criteria. A majority of ITT lesions (90%) reached final assessment. Successful outcome was highest (90%) for lesions up to 1 mm in base. For lesions up to 2 mm, the rate of successful outcome was 76 percent. The desired outcome was seen in 65 percent of all ITT lesions. The cosmetic outcome after removal was excellent. Discomfort was assessed as minimal during all stages of the procedure. Analysis of data on blood flow in the skin tags during the treatment showed that the outcome was influenced by whether a decrease in blood flow was achieved immediately after application and at 2-3 days, but that the degree of occlusion was not critical. The results of this study illustrate that the device presents a new option for the management of unmet needs in the treatment of skin tags.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of California , 2009. Vol. 15, no 2, 9
National CategoryDermatology and Venereal Diseases
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18884PubMedID: 19336026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18884DiVA: diva2:222087