Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
A skin tag is a tiny, benign, outpouching of skin that is typically connected
to the underlying skin by a thin stalk. Skin tags look like tiny bits of
"hanging" skin and typically occur in sites where clothing rubs against the skin
or where there is skin-to-skin friction, such as the underarms, neck, upper
chest, and groin.
Skin tags are not present at birth and their frequency increases with age.
Skin tags can be observed in about 25% of adults. Studies have shown a genetic
predisposition to the development of skin tags. Therefore, skin tags can run in
A skin tag is medically termed an acrochordon. Sometimes, other terms have
been used to refer to skin tags. These include soft warts (although they do not
represent true warts), soft fibromas, fibroepithelial polyps (FEP), fibroma
pendulans, and pedunculated fibroma.