skin tags

  1. Hello everyone!
    I am a student working on my prereq's to get into an ADN program next year...........I have a question for you.......
    I was lucky enough to be in the delivery room when my sister had her beautiful baby girl last week!!!
    She was 8lbs 14oz. and 22inches long...........lots of fluid in her lungs right after birth, but all is well now................the only problem is that she has a few skin tags in front of her ears, right in front of the cartilage. The nurse told me that is isn't normal, but it isn't abnormal either.
    Her pediatrician said that a plastic surgeon can remove them, and it should be fine, unless there is damage to the ear canals........which it appears there isn't.

    So, have you all seen this before?
    Is it really abnormal?
    I have never seen it, and I haven't found it in any of my books so far............and of course the only info my sister found on the internet said that it could be a sign of mental retardation due to abnormal chromosomes.........
    Sorry this is so long..............any info you have, I would appreciate it!
    Thanks
    Angela
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   Karina212
    Sorry I haven't heard of it! Try L&D or NICU forum!!
  4. by   IRISHBREAD
    my brother had skintags on his ear. this was mucho years ago but all they did was to tie the skin tab to cut off the blood flow and allow it to fall off. he has not scars. i have also seen this done for extra digits in which there are no bones or cartiledge. the tag becomes necrotic and falls off just like the umblical cord.
    lots of luck.:roll
  5. by   karenelizabeth
    Skin-tags can be a sigh of a syndrome called Goldenhar http://www.cafamily.org.uk/Direct/g27.html (I assume this is what you are referring to) but it is one of many signs and on its own means little. In the UK if this was suspected bloods would have been taken for genetic testing don't know how things work in the US, I would assume that he hes been given a thorough once over by a paediatrician, and any of the other signs would have been picked up by them buy now. If this was the case I suspect your sister would have picked up on it too Mums normally know when there is this sort of problem with there child especially as a large number of these children have feeding problems, and commonly hearing problems too.

    I suspect they are just something that makes her child unique as we all are and as Irishbread says their removal is really easy and painless (had a skin-tag tied myself).

    Get her to speak to her paediatrician of her concerns

    Karen
  6. by   CraftyLPN
    I work in HH, and I know of a client who has those...Doc is going to put rubber bands on them ..and they just "fall off..!?
    The family calls them.. "her lil horns"
  7. by   kids
    These skin tags in front of the ear are also called prearicular tags. Yes, than can be nothing BUT they can also be the hallmark of some very sever defects (besides Goldenhar). To be TOTALY honest, were it my child I would seek a second (or 3rd) opinion and push for a genetics work up (genetics is fairly easy to get done if you live near a teaching hospital) in fact, if your sister were to call the Peds or Genetics Dept at her nearest teaching hospital they might be willing to do the genetics for research purposes.

    My husband has a one on his right ear (and a large congenital coloboma in his eye), he is one of the 42 know cases of Cats Eye Syndrome (he also has an IQ in the 150s).
  8. by   NUTTYNIC
    Quote from aj rn 2be
    Hello everyone!
    I am a student working on my prereq's to get into an ADN program next year...........I have a question for you.......
    I was lucky enough to be in the delivery room when my sister had her beautiful baby girl last week!!!
    She was 8lbs 14oz. and 22inches long...........lots of fluid in her lungs right after birth, but all is well now................the only problem is that she has a few skin tags in front of her ears, right in front of the cartilage. The nurse told me that is isn't normal, but it isn't abnormal either.
    Her pediatrician said that a plastic surgeon can remove them, and it should be fine, unless there is damage to the ear canals........which it appears there isn't.

    So, have you all seen this before?
    Is it really abnormal?
    I have never seen it, and I haven't found it in any of my books so far............and of course the only info my sister found on the internet said that it could be a sign of mental retardation due to abnormal chromosomes.........
    Sorry this is so long..............any info you have, I would appreciate it!
    Thanks
    Angela
    HELLO Angela

    i have been trying to find out about my new babydaughter's tag/stalk on her right ear just in front of the cartilage,....but not having much joy...,doctors have suggested she can have it removed at 6 months but a midwife had suggested it could be kidney related,(some days it seems really white compared to her skin and other days blends in).. did you or if any one else reads this has any information about these things , i would be really greatfull for any infomation.

    hope to hear from you soon
  9. by   sirI
    Quote from NUTTYNIC
    HELLO Angela

    i have been trying to find out about my new babydaughter's tag/stalk on her right ear just in front of the cartilage,....but not having much joy...,doctors have suggested she can have it removed at 6 months but a midwife had suggested it could be kidney related,(some days it seems really white compared to her skin and other days blends in).. did you or if any one else reads this has any information about these things , i would be really greatfull for any infomation.

    hope to hear from you soon
    Hello, NUTTYNIC,

    Here is a link regarding preauricular tags and UT abnormalities:

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...full/105/5/e61

    I hope all is well with the baby.
  10. by   NUTTYNIC
    Quote from siri
    Hello, NUTTYNIC,

    Here is a link regarding preauricular tags and UT abnormalities:

    http://pediatrics.aappublications.or...full/105/5/e61

    I hope all is well with the baby.
    i will get reading now!!!, baby seems fine , but had problems with bringing back her feeds, but weight gain steady.8 weks now

    thank you for your quick reply!!

    regards

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