pretibial edema is present but female is obese… Can it be Graves?
Pretibial edema can be a symptom of Graves’ disease, a type of autoimmune thyroid disease that can cause hyperthyroidism. However, obesity can also cause fluid retention and edema in the lower legs, particularly if the person is sedentary or has poor circulation. Therefore, the presence of pretibial edema alone is not enough to definitively diagnose Graves’ disease. Other symptoms, such as weight loss, rapid heartbeat, heat intolerance, and eye changes, would need to be evaluated by a medical professional in order to make a proper diagnosis.