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Lipedema: diagnostic and management challenges

Authors Anne Warren Peled A, Kappos E

Received 11 February 2016

Accepted for publication 11 May 2016

Published 11 August 2016 Volume 2016:8 Pages 389—395

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S106227

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewers approved by Dr Fredrick Rosario Joseph

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer


Anne Warren Peled,1 Elisabeth A Kappos2

1
Private Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Practice, San Francisco, CA, USA; 2Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, Aesthetic and Hand Surgery, University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

Abstract:
Lipedema is an uncommon disorder characterized by localized adiposity of the lower extremities, often occurring in females with a family history of the condition. The adiposity extends from hips to ankles and is typically unresponsive to weight loss. In addition to the aesthetic deformity, women also describe pain in the lower extremities, particularly with pressure, as well as easy bruising. Although the condition is well described, it is relatively rare and often misdiagnosed. The purpose of this review is to describe the initial evaluation and diagnosis of lipedema and discuss treatment options.

Keywords:
lipedema, leg swelling, lipodystrophy, localized adiposity, lower extremity liposuction

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