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Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol. 1997 May-Jun;63(3):191-2.

Necrobiosis lipoidica mimicking cellulitis.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Venereology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi -110 029, India.


A 57-year-old obese patient presented with a 5 month history of tender, indurated, erythematous plaques with superficial ulceration on the right shin. The lesions closely mimicked cellulitis but were unresponsive to antibiotics. Though the patient was not a known diabetic, on investigations she was found to be a diabetic. Histology confirmed the diagnosis of necrobiosis lipoidica. This acutely inflammed presentation of necrobiosis lipoidica is extremely rare.

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