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Diabetic skin lesion on a patient's leg. This is a case of necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, a necrotising skin lesion that can develop over a number of years in diabetic patients. Necrotising is where the tissue is dying. The condition affects a small proportion of diabetics (around 3 per cent), and most of those are women. It most commonly appears on the shins. If the area is injured, it can develop into a leg ulcer. Patients with diabetes are at risk from necrotising conditions like this because diabetes affects the condition of the blood vessels, especially in the extremities. Treatment is mainly aimed at preventing injury to the area.
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