Acanthosis Nigricans
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Acanthosis Nigricans

What is Acanthosis Nigricans?

Acanthosis nigricans of the neck

Acanthosis nigricans of the neck

Acanthosis nigricans (AN) is a skin disorder in which there is darker, thick, velvety skin in body folds and creases.

What causes Acanthosis Nigricans?

Acanthosis Nigricans is caused by an underlying process that also causes significant weight gain and increases the risk of diabetes called insulin resistance.

What are the risk factors for Acanthosis Nigricans?

Having a diet high in unrefined carbohydrates is a big risk factor for Acanthosis that is associated with obesity and insulin resistance. Certain other endocrine problems such as hypothyroidism, acromegaly, Cushing’s disease may also be associated with Acanthosis.

What are the different types of Acanthosis?

Acanthosis Nigricans (AN) can be classified as the following types based on the underlying cause.

Type I – familial

Type II – endocrine

Type III – obesity and pseudoacanthosis nigricans

Type IV – drug-related

Type V –malignancy related

Type VI –Acral acanthotic anomaly

How is Acanthosis Nigricans diagnosed?

Acanthosis nigricans is typically diagnosed clinically. Rarely, a biopsy might be required.

Can Acanthois Nigricans lead development of skin tags or chordons?

In some people, acanthosis nigricans can lead to small outgrowths of skin called skin tags or chordons.

Can W8MD help me with acanthosis or skin tags?

Yes, at W8MD, we address not only acanthosis and insulin resistance that causes it, but we can also freeze off the skin tags and most insurances cover removal of these unsightly skin tags.

Prab R. Tumpati, MD. Dr. Tumpati is the founder and medical director of W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Centers. Dr Tumpati is board certified physician practicing sleep medicine, obesity medicine, aesthetic medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Tumpati’s passion is to educate patients and get to the root of the problem rather than "band aid medicine". As a physician with fellowship training in Obesity Medicine, Dr. Tumpati has a unique approach to wellness, weight loss, and medical aesthetics with a focus on prevention rather than cure. Dr. Tumpati takes pride in helping patients come of many chronic life style medications such as blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes medications by helping them lose weight and change their life style. Dr Tumpati believes in evidence based medicine rather than fad diets that do not work and works with each patient taking their unique situation in to consideration that causes them to gain weight so he can find a customized solution. Serving as the medical director of the W8MD's New York City, Cherry Hill NJ and greater Philadelphia offices, Dr Tumpati is the leading weight loss, sleep and aesthetic medicine physician in the tristate areas of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.


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