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S. Birkballe, M.R. Jensen, S. Noerregaard, F. Gottrup and T. Karlsmark Can tissue dielectric constant measurement aid in differentiating lymphoedema from lipoedema in women with swollen legs? British Journal of Dermatology 170

Version of Record online: 13 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12589

What's already known about this topic?

  • Distinguishing lipoedema from lymphoedema in women with swollen legs can be difficult and time consuming.
  • Local tissue water content can be quantified using tissue dielectric constant (TDC) measurements.

What does this study add?

  • TDC values were significantly higher in patients with untreated lymphoedema than in all patients with lipoedema, healthy controls and patients with lymphoedema treated with compression for ≥ 4 weeks.
  • Interobserver agreement was high in ankle and lower-leg measurements but low in foot measurements.

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