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Lipedema

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* Not a rare disease

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Overview

Lipedema is a syndrome characterized by symmetric enlargement of the legs due to deposits of fat beneath the skin, which is often painful.  It is a common condition affecting up to 11% of women  The underlying cause is currently unknown; however many people with lipedema have a family history of similarly enlarged legs. Hormones are also thought to play a role.[1][2]
Last updated: 7/12/2011

References

  1. Fonder MA, Loveless JW, Lazarus GS.. Lipedema, a frequently unrecognized problem. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007; 57 (2 Suppl):S1-3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17637360. Accessed 7/12/2011.
  2. Lipoedema. DermNet NZ. June 2009; http://dermnetnz.org/dermal-infiltrative/lipoedema.html. Accessed 7/12/2011.
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Basic Information

  • DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.

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  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for¬†information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.¬† Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Lipedema. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
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