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Summer 7-9-2024


Background: Diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, predisposes patients to various secondary health issues, including dermatological conditions. This study investigates the prevalence and types of skin conditions (ICD-10 codes L00-L99) among patients with diabetic neuropathy within a South Texas population, aiming to uncover potential correlations and their implications in patient management.

Method: This research involved a detailed retrospective review of the UT Health RGV medical database over the past five years, focusing on patients diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy (Type 1: E10.40 to E10.49, E10.610, E10.618; Type 2: E11.40 to E11.49, E11.610, E11.618) and any associated L-series skin conditions. Efforts were made to ensure data accuracy by removing duplicates and repeating ICD-10 codes across various visits.

Results: Preliminary analysis reveals a significant prevalence of specific skin conditions among diabetic neuropathy patients. Notably, conditions such as cellulitis (L03.115), other local infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue (L02.91), and unspecified dermatitis (L30.9) are among the most frequently observed. These findings suggest that diabetic neuropathy may be associated with an increased susceptibility to certain infections and inflammatory skin conditions. Detailed prevalence rates and associations will be elaborated in the full presentation.

Conclusion: The identification of common dermatological conditions in diabetic neuropathy patients underscores the need for integrated care approaches. This study not only enhances understanding of the interplay between chronic systemic diseases and skin health but also aids in developing tailored treatment and prevention strategies for this vulnerable population.


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medical student



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