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October 1977

Skin Tags and Diabetes

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Camp Hill, Pa

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(10):1463. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640100141047

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

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