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Clinicopathological and Molecular Correlation of Acrochordon in Relation to Human Papillomavirus Infection

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2007 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
National Science Council, Taiwan
National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
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National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: August 21, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: February 2007
History: No changes posted
Acrochordon, or soft fibroma, is a common benign skin tumor which is generally regarded as a sign of cutaneous aging or as a reaction to friction since it occurs in the intertriginous areas. Recent studies have shown the presence of human papillomaviruses, especially the mucosal types, on some of the intertriginous lesions. This study is to analyze the different clinical presentations of acrochordon and correlate them with pathologic and molecular human papillomavirus findings. Further goal is to improve the ability to differentiate acrochordon and its possible prevention and treatment. Also, it may have an implication on the transmission and prevention of cervical carcinoma.

Skin Tag
Soft Fibroma
Human Papillomavirus

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Screening
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Clinicopathological and Molecular Correlation of Acrochordon in Relation to Human Papillomavirus Infection

Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: August 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2008
Detailed Description:

Acrochordon, also called soft fibroma, skin tag or fibroepithelial polyp, is a common cutaneous disorder characterized by a polypoid growth composed of fibroblasts in a loose collagenous stroma, sometimes with proliferation of blood vessels. They appear as soft, skin-colored or light brownish skin tumors. Three types of lesions may occur, (1) multiple small, furrowed papules, especially on the neck and in the axillae, (2) single or multiple filiform smooth growths in various locations, and (3) solitary bag-like pedunculated growth, seen most commonly on the lower trunk. Most regard them as a sign of cutaneous aging.

The presence of human papillomaviruses (HPVs), especially the mucosal types, has been demonstrated in acrochordon. Our previous experience on HPV typing of skin tags also confirms this finding. Though HPV is a ubiquitous virus, the presence of mucosal type HPV in non-mucosal sites is exceptional. This investigation is trying to correlate the clinicopathological and HPV molecular typing of acrochordons. A better understanding of acrochordon and its relation to HPV infection may improve the ability to prevent and treat.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult patients with multiple acrochordon on non-anogenital sites who ask to remove the lesions and have signed consent to surgery will be asked to participate in the study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No special exclusion criteria
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00520078

Contact: Tsen-Fang Tsai, MD +886-2-23123456 ext 5734

National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Tsen-Fang Tsai, MD    +886-2-23123456 ext 5734   
Principal Investigator: Tsen-Fang Tsai, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
National Science Council, Taiwan
National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan
Principal Investigator: Tsen-Fang Tsai, MD National Taiwan University Hospital
  More Information Identifier: NCT00520078     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200701034R
Study First Received: August 21, 2007
Last Updated: August 21, 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Papillomavirus Infections
DNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Tumor Virus Infections
Neoplasms, Fibrous Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective Tissue
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms processed this record on May 25, 2017