Hyperpigmented Plaques

March 1, 1998
Norman Levine, MD
Norman Levine, MD

These velvety, hyperpigmented plaques are secondary to acanthosis nigricans, a common problem in patients with insulin-resistant states.

These velvety, hyperpigmented plaques are secondary to acanthosis nigricans, a common problem in patients with insulin-resistant states. Many of these patients have high plasma insulin levels. The condition usually does not abate completely but may improve when diabetes is controlled.