Pretibial Myxedema Follow-up

Updated: Feb 02, 2016
  • Author: Ranjodh Singh Gill, MD, FACP, CCD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Complications

Pretibial myxedema (PTM)  rarely causes significant morbidity.

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Prognosis

Pretibial myxedema (PTM) is primarily of cosmetic concern and rarely causes significant morbidity. Local discomfort and difficulty wearing shoes are expected. The prognosis is good. PTM may persist for months or years but often regresses spontaneously. About 10-26% of patients experience eventual complete remission.

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Patient Education

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Thyroid and Metabolism Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Thyroid Problems.

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