Unusual initial presentation of type 1 diabetes mellitus

Sundus Abbasi, Bradley Bradford


Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune destruction of B-islet cells. T1DM usually presents in children less than 15 years old with polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, and weight loss. Complications include diabetic ketoacidosis, hypoglycemia, retinopathy, neuropathy, nephropathy, and atherosclerosis. We present an unusual initial presentation for T1DM in a 21-year old Caucasian girl with pretibial numbness for three days.


Type I diabetes mellitus, Peripheral sensory neuropathy

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