Isn't discoloration of the skin a symptom of
Polycystic Ovarian Disease?
Discoloration of the skin is not a symptom of PCO,
per se. However, women with PCO who develop insulin resistance (a
precursor to diabetes) can develop acanthosis nigricans. This is a
darkening of the skin that look like black or purplish velvet texture in the
underarm and collar areas. Any skin discoloration should be evaluated by a
physician. If ancanthosis nigricans is found, a search is usually made for
diabetes or early evidence of insulin resistance.
Any skin discoloration should be evaluated by a physician. If ancanthosis nigricans is found, a search is usually made for diabetes or early evidence of insulin resistance.
Thank you for your question.Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.
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