* Not a rare disease
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Treatment options for lipedema are limited. A number of therapies that have been tried with minimal success include dieting, diuretics, leg elevation, and compression. Invasive treatments such as lipectomy or liposuction are not recommended because they risk causing damage to the lymphatic system. While, compression therapy may not do much to improve the lipedema, it may help prevent worsening and progression to lymphedema (lipolymphedema).
Last updated: 7/12/2011
- 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.
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