Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From North Carolina, USA:

An African American child with type 1 diabetes who has been using an insulin pump for about nine months has started developing "dark spots" at the pump insertion sites. I am not sure these areas are itchy or irritated. What might be the cause of this?


He probably has some scarring at the point of insertion. This is not uncommon in children using pumps and may appear dark in a child with dark skin (the technical term is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). It is important to keep rotating the sites as much as possible, but I don't believe mild skin scarring will affect insulin infusion efficacy much, if at all.


Original posting 10 Oct 2007
Posted to Insulin Pumps and Other


  Home Return to Top

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:14
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.