Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of necrobiosis lipoidica?

Updated: Mar 06, 2020
  • Author: Cheryl J Barnes, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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The average age of onset for necrobiosis lipoidica is 30 years, but it can occur at any age. The age of onset ranges from infancy to the eighth decade. The disease tends to develop at an earlier age in patients with diabetes. The aforementioned study by Hashemi et al found that in patients with necrobiosis lipoidica, the median age of those with diabetes was 45.0 years, versus 52.0 years in patients without diabetes. [11]

Necrobiosis lipoidica also shows a sex predilection, being three times more common in women than in men.


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