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62 year old white male, not overweight, average health, smoker

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62 year old white male, not overweight, average health, smoker and drinker. During the past few months I have noticed that the area about ten inches above my ankles is turning brown in small blotches. What are the possible causes ?
Hello from JA
The most likely cause in this situation is venous stasis.

Bad veins in the legs.

It can also be from , liver or kidney disease, thyroid disease, or right sided heart disease.

It can be skin disease, but usually not located to this area.

This is very commonly due to a chronic venous stasis, which has the above causes.

You need an exam, and an ultrasound of the legs.

Let me know if you have further questions.

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