Tight Skin in a Patient With Diabetes

May 1, 2002
Norman Levine, MD

This patient with long-standing insulin-dependent diabetes has difficultyclosing his hand because of “tight skin.” Diabetes is the cause: this findingoccurs more often in persons with microvascular complications, such asretinopathy and nephropathy. The condition may occur even in patients withwell-controlled diabetes.

This patient with long-standing insulin-dependent diabetes has difficultyclosing his hand because of "tight skin." Diabetes is the cause: this findingoccurs more often in persons with microvascular complications, such asretinopathy and nephropathy. The condition may occur even in patients withwell-controlled diabetes.(Case and photograph courtesy of Norman Levine, MD.)