|Description:||This 1964 image depicted a 15 year-old Tehrani boy who was being treated for what was diagnosed as juvenile myxedema. This image was taken prior to his treatment with thyroid extract.|
Myxedema is a disease involving pathologic changes in the characteristics of one's skin, including edema and thickening of the skin, drying, and a generalized diminishment in the patient’s mental acuity, and physical activity. This boy was admitted with symptoms, which included gingival hemorrhage, swollen, protruding lips, brittle hair, and mental retardation. See PHIL 12568, for a full frontal view of this patient’s facial appearance, after having begun treatment with thyroid extract.