An anomalous appendage

A morbidly obese man with diabetes recently presented to a US hospital with a curious appendage hanging from his left armpit.

The 41-year-old was found to have a giant acrochordon — or skin tag — that had been growing for two years and was causing him pain.

Surgeons removed the 18cm-long firm mass and pathology confirmed that it was a benign acrochordon.

The patient had no postoperative complications and his wound healed well, said the surgeons from the department of surgery at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.