Scleredema diabeticorum successfully treated with ultraviolet A1 phototherapy

J Dermatol. 2010 Dec;37(12):1036-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2010.01014.x. Epub 2010 Sep 20.


Scleredema diabeticorum is an uncommon condition. It is one of the cutaneous manifestations in diabetes mellitus that mainly occurs in obese middle-aged men with insulin-resistant diabetes. This condition is generally recalcitrant to therapy. Various treatments have been tried with inconsistent results. Here, we describe two cases of scleredema diabeticorum with substantial clinical improvement from a course of medium dose (60 J/cm²) ultraviolet A1 radiation therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Scleredema Adultorum / etiology
  • Scleredema Adultorum / radiotherapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultraviolet Therapy*