diabetic dermopathy

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These are small rounded plaques with raised borders lying in a linear fashion over the shins. In late diabetic dermopathy these may present as pigmented scars

  • a common nonspecific condition affecting as many as 30%-60% of DM patients (1)
  • occurrence of lesions correlate with retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy (2)


  1. Pierard GE et al.The skin landscape in diabetes mellitus. Focus on dermocosmetic management.Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2013; 6: 127-135.
  2. Shemer A, Bergman R, Linn S, Kantor Y, Friedman-Birnbaum R. Diabetic dermopathy and internal complications in diabetes mellitus. Int J Dermatol. 1998;37(2):113-115

Last edited 03/2021 and last reviewed 03/2021