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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 58, n° 3
pages 447-451 (mars 2008)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2007.11.013
Diabetic dermopathy: A subtle sign with grave implications
 

Aaron Joseph Morgan, MD, Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH
Dermatology, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey 

Reprint requests: Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH, Dermatology, New Jersey Medical School, 185 S Orange Ave, Newark, NJ 07103.
Abstract

Diabetic dermopathy (DD) is the most common cutaneous manifestation of diabetes mellitus. DD refers to atrophic, hyperpigmented macules characteristically located on the shins of patients with diabetes. They have an unfavorable association with the 3 most common microangiopathic complications of diabetes mellitus: neuropathy, nephropathy, and retinopathy. A relationship between DD and coronary artery disease has also been demonstrated. Thus, the presence of DD should prompt aggressive intervention to detect diabetes mellitus and prevent the development of ensuing complications.

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Abbreviations used : DD, IDDM, NIDDM



 Funding sources: None.
 Conflicts of interest: None declared.



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