Questions & Answers About Acanthosis Nigricans
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Questions
1)  What does it look like?
2)  Who is required to be tested?
3)  How will you screen the students?
4)  Will I be notified?
5)  What is the relationship between Acanthosis Nigricans and Type 2 Diabetes?
 
Answers
1)  Q What does it look like?
A
The skin marker for Acanthosis Nigricans is brown to black in color and may be rough or velvety. It is commonly found on the neck, axillae, abdomen, elbows, knees, or soles of feet.
2)  Q Who is required to be tested?
A
Grades 3, 5, and 7 must be tested and the positive results must be reported to the state.
3)  Q How will you screen the students?
A
Your school nurse will examine the necks of the students and identify any changes in the skin color or texture. If there is a positive result, the nurse will measure the width of the area. She will then take the blood pressure of the child.
4)  Q Will I be notified?
A
You will be notified ONLY if your child is positive for the skin marker.
5)  Q What is the relationship between Acanthosis Nigricans and Type 2 Diabetes?
A
Type 2 Diabetes in children:What we know-
* Strong association to obesity
* Average age of onset occurs during
puberty
* Affects African Americans, Asians,
Hispanics and Native Americans more
often
* Acanthosis nigricans is usually
present