What is the prevalence of necrobiosis lipoidica in the US?

Updated: Mar 06, 2020
  • Author: Cheryl J Barnes, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Necrobiosis lipoidica has been described in about 0.3% of diabetic patients. In one study, necrobiosis lipoidica was shown to precede the onset of diabetes mellitus in 15% of patients. In addition, 60% of patients had the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus prior to the onset of necrobiosis lipoidica, while 25% of patients had lesions that appeared with the onset of diabetes mellitus. The presence or progression of necrobiosis lipoidica does not correlate with how well diabetes is controlled.


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