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Face colour turning darker in shade. What could be the cause? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 04-Jun-2013
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User:hello doctor
User:thanks Doctor
Doctor:How are you?
User:I have a question with respect to health condition of my mom
User:this is regarding her skin problem
Doctor:Please go ahead
User:for last 3 to 4 months, her face's color turned to black color
User:we recently visited accurpressurist due to her knee pain
User:during diagnosis, he mentioned that - her face's skin is turned to black - could be due to liver expansion
Doctor:does she have any other symptoms like weight loss, excessive thirst, excessive urination
User:I read in internet
Doctor:As far as liver expansion is concerned
User:yes, she usually have excessive urination - at least 10 to 12 times a day
Doctor:This kind of symptom will be seen in hemochromatosis
Doctor:has she been checked for diabetes?
User:no. she do not have diabetes
Doctor:when was she checked?
User:she was checked more than 2 years back
Doctor:what about weight loss, loss of appetite and excessive thirst
Doctor:Please get her checked again
User:she is just next to me .. recently, she is feeling thirst during night time
User:she do not have weight loss
User:her appetite is also normal
Doctor:ok XXXXXXX
Doctor:what needs to be done is that we need to run some tests
User:sure doctor
User:please suggest
Doctor:first is that we need to do an electrolyte level, a check for diabetes and an ultrasound of the abdomen and the kidney-ureter-bladder region
Doctor:I also suggest that you see an endocrinologist
User:sure doctor
Doctor:or you can post a query for an endocrinologist on our forum
User:sure doctor
User:what should I ask ?
Doctor:You would also need to post a picture of her face
Doctor:Give her symptoms
Doctor:Blackish discoloration of face
Doctor:excessive thirst and urination
Doctor:It seems there is a problem with the Adrenal cortex
Doctor:There is a disease called Addison's
Doctor:I would like to rule that out
Doctor:and an endocrinologist is the best person to help
Doctor:Are you based in Bangalore?
User:yes doctor- we are in bangalore
User:she is here for next 2 days
Doctor:Post the query tday
Doctor:We have an endocrinologist in Bangalore
User:also, can you pls suggest a good endocrinologist
Doctor:Maybe you can get the tests done tomorrow
Doctor:and see him on tuesday
Doctor:Dr Ananthraman in St Johns is good
Doctor:he's on our panel
Doctor:so post a query and ask him the test
Doctor:then you can go and see him
User:thank you very much
Doctor:It'll save time and money both
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help with
User:that's all doctor for now
User:I will follow up in case I need more help
User:thanks again
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me
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