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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.

Symptoms of pretibial myxoedema

  • Excessive hair growth on the body

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pretibial myxoedema

  • Has your body hair thickened recently?

  • Do you have any lumps under your skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots?

Treatment for 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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  • Hirsutism

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Red skin

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 (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Hidetaka Hamasaki, MD

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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