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Lipoedema: from clinical presentation to therapy. A review of the literature
Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2009 British Association of Dermatologists
British Journal of Dermatology
Volume 161, Issue 5, pages 980–986, November 2009
How to Cite
Langendoen, S.I., Habbema, L., Nijsten, T.E.C. and Neumann, H.A.M. (2009), Lipoedema: from clinical presentation to therapy. A review of the literature. British Journal of Dermatology, 161: 980–986. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2009.09413.x
- Issue online: 20 OCT 2009
- Version of Record online: 20 JUL 2009
- Accepted for publication 9 July 2009
Lipoedema is an infrequently recognized disorder in women. Lipoedema is characterized by bilateral enlargement of the legs due to abnormal depositions of subcutaneous fat associated with often mild oedema. There is substantial variability in disease severity. The diagnosis should be made as early as possible to prevent complications of the disorder, which is associated with increasing functional and cosmetic morbidity. This review describes clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, technical investigations, management and therapies of lipoedema, with the aim of optimizing management and care of patients with lipoedema.