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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pretibial myxoedema?

Pretibial myxedema is waxy discoloration and induration of skin of the anterior part of the lower legs. It is usually caused due to thyroid disease.

Symptoms of pretibial myxoedema

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Excessive hair growth on the body

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pretibial myxoedema

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pretibial myxoedema

  • Do you feel a lump/lumps under your skin?

  • Have you felt that your body hair has grown thicker recently?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

Treatment for pretibial myxoedema

Treatment of pretibial myxedema involves control of thyroid hormones levels in the blood. Anti-inflammatory medication can provide some symptomatic relief.

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