To the Editor.—
In the April 1977 issue of Consultant, I read with interest the description of the association between diabetes and skin tags.1 Reportedly, several of the physician's patients with skin tags did not know they had diabetes until a diagnosis was made, and several others with no evidence of the disease developed diabetes several years later. To quote the authors, "you can almost predict that a man with skin tags will have diabetes if the lesions are multiple, large, hyperpigmented and bilateral."In a search of the standard textbooks and articles written about the cutaneous manifestations of diabetes, I could find no mention of this association. The author's viewpoint assumes that this is a fairly common association, and I would be interested to know whether dermatologists who are treating patients with skin tags have found these patients to also have diabetes. If such is the case, then
Tompkins RR. Skin Tags and Diabetes. Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(10):1463. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640100141047
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