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nonpitting edema


Definition: swelling of subcutaneous tissues that cannot be indented easily by compression. Usually due to metabolic abnormality, such as increased glycosaminoglycan content, like that which occurs in Graves disease (pretibial myxedema) or in early phase of scleroderma.

Synonym(s): brawny edema

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