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Graves rash
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Graves rash

Doctor,

Several years ago I had a biopsy on a rash on my legs  I was told that it was Graves rash and that I only had the rash and that a person could have just the rash and not Graves disease.  Is this correct?  My rash has returned after approximately 10 years and I am concerned as I have other health problems.  i.e. type 2 diabetes, low platlets, low B12 (receiving injections).  This rash is on both legs (shins) this time.
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It is possible to have this rash on the skin and not have hyperthyroid Graves disease.
Would consider a repeat biopsy and evaluation by dermatologist -- if they still think Graves dermopathy then check thyroid antibodies (TSI, TBII, TPO-ab) and see an endocrinologist for further evaluation.
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