DIABETIC SHIN SPOTS

By Gary M. White, MD

Diabetic Shin Spots


Diabetic shin spots, aka diabetic dermopathy, is a common cause of skin dyspigmentation on the shin of diabetics.

Clinical

Multiple, bilateral, round or oval, brown, atrophic lesions and scars on the pretibial area of an adult with diabetes is typical. The lesions seem to represent poor healing in the setting of microvascular damage from diabetes.

Treatment

Reduction of trauma may prevent the development of future lesions.

References

J Dermatol 2011:38:988-992

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