Iron deposition in the skin from leakage of blood.
Leakage of blood in the skin of the lower legs can lead to significant hemosiderin deposition. A brownish discoloration ensues. This often occurs in older individuals in the setting of venous insufficiency with or without stasis dermatitis. But is may occur in younger individuals, especially those who are overweight or whose legs swell or who have injured their leg(s).
No treatment is needed. Wearing support hose may help prevent further deposition as the body tries to clear the old iron.
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