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Cutaneous signs of metabolic syndrome – 12 cases

The seemingly diverse conditions illustrated in this month’s quiz are cutaneous signs of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome refers to the combination of abdominal obesity, hypertension, dyslipidaemia and insulin resistance.

For each of the twelve cases, study the image(s) and then answer the questions. You can click on the image to view a larger version if required.

Each case should take approximately 2 minutes to complete. There is a list of suggested further reading material at the end of the quiz.

Case 7

Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa, also called acne inversa, is another androgenic chronic skin condition. It is more common in obese subjects (males and females) and may be a feature of polycystic ovary syndrome. Comedones, inflammatory papules and nodules, sinuses and scars affect axillae, submammary, genital and perianal skin.

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