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Definition of Diabetic dermopathy

Diabetic dermopathy: A skin condition characteristic of diabetes featuring light brown, reddish oval, or round scaly patches, most often on the shins or front of the thighs and less often on the scalp, forearm, and trunk. The cause of diabetic dermopathy is thought to be a type of inflammation affecting tiny blood vessels in the skin. There is no known effective treatment, but the patches can resolve after a few years.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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