What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of necrobiosis lipoidica?

Updated: Mar 06, 2020
  • Author: Cheryl J Barnes, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Laboratory findings are not helpful in the diagnosis of necrobiosis lipoidica. When necrobiosis lipoidica is diagnosed, some advocate checking for glucose intolerance to evaluate for the presence or absence of diabetes mellitus. Necrobiosis lipoidica has been the first sign of diabetes in some patients and a clue to possible diabetic potential in others.


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