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Thyroid Dermopathy: An Underrecognized Cause of Leg Edema

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Leg edema is a common clinical problem and the differential diagnosis is extensive. We present 4 patients in whom thyroid dermopathy was the cause of leg edema. Examination of the eyes and the nature of the edema were clues to the diagnosis of thyroid dermopathy. Clinical signs should be documented and analysis of skin biopsy specimens should be performed in patients suspected to have thyroid dermopathy.


 

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