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The papules may be dome shaped, firm, skin colored, or erythematous (red) and approximately 3 mm in diameter. Extensive areas of the skin may be involved. The face, knees, and elbows are often involved.
Scleromyxedema can involve areas of the body other than the skin, including the pharynx and the upper airway. Other symptoms that can be caused by scleromyxedema include:
- Esophageal aperistalsis (absence of muscular contractions that help us swallow)
- Inflammatory polyarthritis (simultaneous inflammation of several joints)
- Proximal myopathy (various conditions or diseases of the muscular tissues)
- Neurologic dysfunction
- Eye abnormalities
You can find additional information on many of these treatments at the following Web sites:
The US Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine Web site designed to help patients and family members research health questions.
- Liotta E.A. Lichen Myxedematosus. eMedicine. 2006; http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic231.htm. Accessed 1/5/2009.
- Hogan WJ, Schroeter AL . Scleromyxedema. NORD Guide to Rare Disorders. 2003;