"Mole" On The Leg: What Is Acrochordon And Is It Dangerous For Your Health

Date October 1, 2018

Despite the fact that some people may find moles attractive depending on their location, for example, if one is located above the lips like that of Marilyn Monroe, or if a group of moles resemble some constellation, but their presence on the body is not a good sign at all. Today, we want to talk not about common moles to which all are accustomed, but about some specific neoplasms on legs called acrochordons.

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Acrochordon is a small, soft, benign neoplasm that most often occurs in people who are obese.

Types and diagnostics

Acrochordons are also called senile papillomas, most often they are found in adults. Their number increases to 45 years, and after 70, around 70% of the population has at least one such neoplasm. They may be:


  • small, grooved papules about 1-2 mm in width and height, located most often on the neck and in the axillary region (armpits);
  • single or multiple filamentous neoplasms approximately 2 mm wide and 5 mm in length, which can occur in any part of the body;
  • large tumor-like, resembling a sac, soft fibromas, usually found on the lower part of the trunk.

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This kind of a mole can be both the color of the skin and hyperpigmented. Most acrochordons have a size of 2 to 5 mm in diameter, although sometimes, they can grow up to 5 cm in diameter. The most frequent localizations are the neck and axillary cavities, but any skin fold, including the groin, can be affected.

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What causes acrochordons?


  1. Endocrine disorders. They often appear in pregnant women (high levels of estrogen and progesterone), as well as in people with acromegaly and diabetes.
  2. Since acrochordons often appear with age, they are associated with the aging process of the skin.
  3. Factors that cause irritation and inflammation. As we have already said, acrochordons appear in skin folds, as there is lots of friction (with clothing, with skin).

With what can it be confused?

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  1. Warts.
  2. Seborrheic keratosis.
  3. Premalignant fibroepithelial tumor (Pinkus tumor).
  4. Melanocytic nevus.
  5. Neurofibromatosis.

How to treat?

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The treatment depends on the size of the acrochordon, but usually, a surgeon can help you get rid of it. Small formations are removed using surgical scissors. This procedure can be done with or without anesthesia. If the size of the acrochordon is very small, which does not allow you to grasp with tweezers or scissors, then the removal process is performed with the surgical laser.

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Important note: Self-medication is by no means an option! If you want to get rid of acrochordone for cosmetic reasons or because of discomfort, then consult a doctor. The procedure does not take much time and money, but you will avoid any potential problems. Stay healthy!

Source: Medscape, Venuro, Meduniver

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.