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What is Pretibial Myxoedema?

Pretibial myxedema is a waxy discoloration and hardening of the skin on the front part of the lower legs. It is caused by thyroid disease. It can present as lumps, scaling plaques and swelling. It is also called Graves’ dermopathy.

Typical Symptoms of Pretibial Myxoedema

  • Excessive hair growth on the body

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Pretibial Myxoedema

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Has your body hair thickened recently?

  • Do you have any lumps under your skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots?

Treatmentof Pretibial Myxoedema

Treatment of pretibial myxedema involves controlling thyroid hormone levels in the blood. Anti-inflammatory topical medication can provide some relief as well.

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References

  • Chen CT, Lin JC. Elephantiasic pretibial myxoedema. Indian J Med Res. 2013 Mar;137(3):568. PMID: 23640567; PMCID: PMC3705669.

    https://journals.lww.com/ijmr/pages/default.aspx

  • Stewart G, Kinmonth JB, Browse NL. Pretibial myxoedema. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1984 Nov;66(6):391-5. PMID: 6508157; PMCID: PMC2494472.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2494472/

  • Pretibial Myxedema - Cleveland Clinic

    https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/24514-pretibial-myxedema

  • Fatourechi V. Pretibial myxedema: pathophysiology and treatment options. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2005;6(5):295-309. doi: 10.2165/00128071-200506050-00003. PMID: 16252929.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16252929/

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Family Medicine)

Dr.Patel serves as Center Medical Director and a Primary Care Physician at Oak Street Health in Arizona. She graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine prior to working in clinical research focused on preventive medicine at the University of Illinois and the University of Nevada. Dr. Patel earned her MSc in Global Health from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. She went on to complete her Family Medicine residency in Chicago at Norwegian American Hospital before completing a fellowship in Leadership in Value-based Care in conjunction with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, where she earned her MBA. Dr. Patel’s interests include health tech and teaching medical students and she currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.

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Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD (Endocrinology)

Dr. Hamasaki graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine, Jichi Medical University. He completed his residency at the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and the Department of Internal Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, National Center for Global Health and Medicine. He has served in the National Center for Global Health and Medicine Hospital and Kohnodai Hospital and joined Hamasaki Clinic in April 2017. Dr. Hamasaki specializes in diabetes and treats a wide range of internal medicine and endocrine disorders.

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