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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is generalized myxedema?

Generalized myxedema involves dry, waxy, swollen and pale/yellowish skin. It happens when there is severe hypothyroidism - very low levels of the thyroid hormone circulating in the bloodstream. If untreated, serious complications of hypothyroidism can occur including myxedema coma (loss of brain function due to severe, long standing hypothyroidism). This condition is most common amongst women aged 30 to 60.

Symptoms of generalized myxedema

  • Hair loss

Questions your doctor may ask to check for generalized myxedema

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose generalized myxedema

  • Have you felt that you are losing more hair recently?

Treatment for generalized myxedema

Treatment is as for hypothyroidism - with appropriate supplementation of thyroid hormones, even severe generalized myxedema can improve dramatically.

View the symptoms of Generalized myxedema

  • Hair loss

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