Diabetic dermopathy

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Diabetic dermopathy
Other names: Skin spots
Diabetic dermopathy

Diabetic dermopathy is a type of skin lesion usually seen in people with diabetes mellitus. It is characterized by dull-red papules that progress to well-circumscribed, small, round, atrophic hyperpigmented skin lesions usually on the shins. It is the most common[1]: 540 [2]: 681  of several diabetic skin conditions, being found in up to 30% of diabetics. Similar lesions can occasionally be found in non-diabetics usually following trauma or injury to the area; however, more than 4 lesions strongly suggests diabetes.

Symptoms and signs

Skin condition which is due to diabetes which causes light brown, oval scaly patches on the shins.[3]


The cause is unknown but is thought to be associated with diabetic neuropathy and vascular complications; because the lesions are more common on the shins, some suggest it represents an altered response to injury. It is seen more commonly in patients with longstanding diabetes and poor glucose control.



The disease can be controlled with blood glucose management and with the help of topical creams containing fusidic acid or a combination of fusidic acid with a corticosteroid such as betamethasone or hydrocortisone 1%

See also


  1. James, William D.; Berger, Timothy G.; et al. (2006). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-7216-2921-6.
  2. Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 978-1-4160-2999-1.
  3. "Skin problems associated with diabetes mellitus | DermNet NZ". dermnetnz.org. Archived from the original on 21 April 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.

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