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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-21

Study of the possible relationship between skin tags and obesity in Egypt


Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Khaled M El-Zawahry
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, 15566 Cairo
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.7123/01.EJDV.0000431077.63748.d0

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Background

Skin tags have been investigated as a marker of type 2 diabetes mellitus; however, the relationship between skin tags and obesity is still a matter of controversy.

Aim

The aims of this study were to highlight the association between obesity and the presence of skin tags and to study the impact of carbohydrate intolerance on the prevalence of skin tags among patients attending the Dermatology Clinic in Cairo, Egypt.

Methods

This study included 170 patients with skin tags and 75 controls. We recorded age; sex; BMI; random blood glucose; and skin tag color, size, and number at different anatomical sites.

Results

There was no correlation between the presence of skin tags and age (P>0.05). The prevalence of skin tags was detected more often among male (68%) than among female participants (32%); this was statistically significant (P<0.05). They were detected more often among obese (87%) than among nonobese (13%) participants; this was statistically significant (P<0.05). The mean number of skin tags was significantly higher among obese (1032 skin tags, 95%) than among nonobese (52 skin tags, 5%) participants; this was statistically significant (P<0.05). Skin tags were higher among diabetic (60.5%) than among nondiabetic (39.5%) participants; this was statistically significant (P<0.005).

Conclusions

Skin tags are commonly among male patients and their expression is believed to be correlated with obesity as most patients showed an increase in BMI and have hyperglycemia.



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