Definition of Myxedema:

A condition arising from diminished thyroid function, characterized by hard swelling of subcutaneous tissue, hair loss, lower temperature, muscle debility, hoarseness and the slow return of a muscle to neutral position after a tendon jerk.  Resulting thyroid cell destruction eventually progresses to thyroid failure.

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“...It is also prepared synthetically for treatment of hypothyroidism and myxedema.  Laboratories commonly measure Total T4, which reflects the total amount of T4 present in the blood, both unavailable and free; Free T4 reflects the amount of biologically active T4...”
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