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Diabetes Educ. 2006 Jul-Aug;32(4):547-52.

Screening for type 2 diabetes in children with acanthosis nigricans.

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Ohio State University, Columbus Children's Hospital, 700 Children's Drive, 5th Floor, Columbus, OH 43205, USA.


Acanthosis nigricans is a physical finding of the skin that appears to be a marker for insulin resistance. Because of the association of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, acanthosis nigricans may also be a marker for type 2 diabetes. Some states have recommended statewide screening for acanthosis nigricans. However, this has led to a large referral of children to pediatric endocrinologists. Presented is a schema for primary care physicians and school nurses to use as a guideline for referral of children with acanthosis nigricans.

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