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Pediatric necrobiosis lipoidica: case report and review of the literature


Necrobiosis lipoidica (NL) is a rare, granulomatous disease considered to be associated with diabetes. It is frequently seen in female and middle-aged patients and is rarely observed in children. We present a 14-year-old boy with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes who developed biopsy-proven NL. He had improvement, but not resolution of the plaque with improved glycemic control. Pediatric NL may be associated with diabetes and could be related to poor glycemic control. However, further investigation is warranted in this young population.

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