Images of Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroid Hyperpigmentation

July 1, 2004
Robert P. Blereau, MD
Robert P. Blereau, MD

Hyperpigmentation is seen on the cheeks and eyelids of a 36-year-old woman.She became hyperthyroid at age 19 years, with accompanying exophthalmosand hyperpigmentation, following the birth of her first child. Thyroidectomywas carried out at that time, and the patient has been receiving thyroid replacementtherapy ever since. The hyperpigmentation, an uncommon accompanimentof hyperthyroidism, has persisted.

Hyperpigmentation is seen on the cheeks and eyelids of a 36-year-old woman.She became hyperthyroid at age 19 years, with accompanying exophthalmosand hyperpigmentation, following the birth of her first child. Thyroidectomywas carried out at that time, and the patient has been receiving thyroid replacementtherapy ever since. The hyperpigmentation, an uncommon accompanimentof hyperthyroidism, has persisted.