Acanthosis Nigricans: A Skin Marker of Internal Disease

Dr Hanish Babu, MD; Dermatologist & Venereologist, Cosmolaser Medical Centre, Sharjah

Acanthosis nigricans is a dark and velvety thickening of the skin in the armpits, neck and other body folds. It is considered as a marker for certain internal malignancies and endocrinal disturbances.

Acanthosis nigricans may occur due to a hereditary predisposition or associated with many diseases and medications.  People with acanthosis nigricans are known for their resistance to insulin in diabetics. The importance of acanthosis nigricans lies in the fact that at times it could be associated with certain cancers. Infact, sudden appearance of  acanthosis nigricans at any age calls for a thorough investigation of body systems to rule out any underlying cancers.

Read on about different types of Acanthosis Nigricans and their treatment

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