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Quantitation of mast cells and collagen fibers in skin tags.

El Safoury OS, Fawzy MM, El Maadawa ZM, Mohamed DH - Indian J Dermatol (2009)

Bottom Line: Skin tags are common benign skin tumors usually occurring on the neck and major flexors of elder people.Thirty participants with skin tags were divided into two groups (15 diabetic and 15 nondiabetic).Mast cells stained with Bismarck brown were counted manually in ten different fields of each section with magnification x1000 and the average count was correlated with the percentage of mean collagen area in five fields done by the image analyzer.

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Affiliation: Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt. omar_safoury@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Skin tags are common benign skin tumors usually occurring on the neck and major flexors of elder people.

Aims: The aim of this study is to perform quantitation of mast cells and collagen fibers in skin tags and normal skin in diabetics and nondiabetics, to find a possible correlation between mast cells and collagen fibers in the pathogenesis of skin tags.

Methods: Thirty participants with skin tags were divided into two groups (15 diabetic and 15 nondiabetic). Three biopsies were obtained from one anatomical site: A large skin tag, a small skin tag, and adjacent normal skin. Mast cells stained with Bismarck brown were counted manually in ten different fields of each section with magnification x1000 and the average count was correlated with the percentage of mean collagen area in five fields done by the image analyzer.

Results: A statistically significant correlation between mast cell count and percentage of collagen mean area was detected in both studied groups (except in large skin tags of the nondiabetic group).

Conclusion: The positive correlation between mast cell count and percentage of collagen mean area suggests the critical role of mast cells in the etiogenesis of skin tags through its interaction with fibroblasts.

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Figure 0004: A copy of display on the monitor's screen of the image analyzer in diabetic participant showing collagen fibres in green color (Masson's trichrom, ×400)

Mentions: The percentage of collagen mean area in large ST of diabetic group was statistically higher than the nondiabetic group P value = 0.002 (P < 0.05). Although the percentage of collagen mean area in small ST of diabetic group was higher than the nondiabetic group yet, it was non significant P value = 0.214 (P > 0.05).The percentage of collagen mean area in control normal skin of diabetic group was statistically higher than the nondiabetic group P value = 0.001 (P < 0.05) [Table 2] [Figures 3 and 4].


Quantitation of mast cells and collagen fibers in skin tags.

El Safoury OS, Fawzy MM, El Maadawa ZM, Mohamed DH - Indian J Dermatol (2009)

A copy of display on the monitor's screen of the image analyzer in diabetic participant showing collagen fibres in green color (Masson's trichrom, ×400)
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Figure 0004: A copy of display on the monitor's screen of the image analyzer in diabetic participant showing collagen fibres in green color (Masson's trichrom, ×400)
Mentions: The percentage of collagen mean area in large ST of diabetic group was statistically higher than the nondiabetic group P value = 0.002 (P < 0.05). Although the percentage of collagen mean area in small ST of diabetic group was higher than the nondiabetic group yet, it was non significant P value = 0.214 (P > 0.05).The percentage of collagen mean area in control normal skin of diabetic group was statistically higher than the nondiabetic group P value = 0.001 (P < 0.05) [Table 2] [Figures 3 and 4].

Bottom Line: Skin tags are common benign skin tumors usually occurring on the neck and major flexors of elder people.Thirty participants with skin tags were divided into two groups (15 diabetic and 15 nondiabetic).Mast cells stained with Bismarck brown were counted manually in ten different fields of each section with magnification x1000 and the average count was correlated with the percentage of mean collagen area in five fields done by the image analyzer.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt. omar_safoury@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

Background: Skin tags are common benign skin tumors usually occurring on the neck and major flexors of elder people.

Aims: The aim of this study is to perform quantitation of mast cells and collagen fibers in skin tags and normal skin in diabetics and nondiabetics, to find a possible correlation between mast cells and collagen fibers in the pathogenesis of skin tags.

Methods: Thirty participants with skin tags were divided into two groups (15 diabetic and 15 nondiabetic). Three biopsies were obtained from one anatomical site: A large skin tag, a small skin tag, and adjacent normal skin. Mast cells stained with Bismarck brown were counted manually in ten different fields of each section with magnification x1000 and the average count was correlated with the percentage of mean collagen area in five fields done by the image analyzer.

Results: A statistically significant correlation between mast cell count and percentage of collagen mean area was detected in both studied groups (except in large skin tags of the nondiabetic group).

Conclusion: The positive correlation between mast cell count and percentage of collagen mean area suggests the critical role of mast cells in the etiogenesis of skin tags through its interaction with fibroblasts.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus