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Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions

Picture of Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum

Picture of Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum

Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD) is a condition that causes red-brown patches on the skin. It indicates degeneration of the connective tissue. Over 50% of those affected by NLD have diabetes. The photo depicts a shiny scar with multiple telangiectasias on the lower legs of a patient affected by the condition. The lesions tend to be painful, itchy, and often crack. Treatment of NLD may include aspirin, topical steroids, and UV light. Severe cases may be treated with oral steroids.

Image Source: Color Atlas & Synopsis of Pediatric Dermatology Kay Shou-Mei Kane, Jen Bissonette Ryder, Richard Allen Johnson, Howard P. Baden, Alexander Stratigos Copyright 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum"