Lipedema

Common Name(s)

Lipedema

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.
 

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Lipedema" for support, advocacy or research.

Fat Disorders Research Society

FDRS is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by adipose tissue disorders such as lipedema, lipoedema, Dercum's Disease, Madelung's Disease and Familial Multiple Lipomatosis, through research, education, advocacy and collaboration.

Last Updated: 9 Mar 2015

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Lymphatic Education & Research Network

Our Mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy. We seek to accelerate the prevention, treatment and cure of the disease while bringing patients and medical professionals together to address the unmet needs surrounding lymphatic disorders.

Last Updated: 14 May 2014

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National Lipedema Association

To educate medical providers and patients about lipedema, and to promote research that benefits lipedema patients.

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Lipedema" for support, advocacy or research.

Fat Disorders Research Society

FDRS is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by adipose tissue disorders such as lipedema, lipoedema, Dercum's Disease, Madelung's Disease and Familial Multiple Lipomatosis, through research, education, advocacy and collaboration.

http://www.fatdisorders.org

Last Updated: 9 Mar 2015

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Lymphatic Education & Research Network

Our Mission is to fight lymphatic disease and lymphedema through education, research and advocacy. We seek to accelerate the prevention, treatment and cure of the disease while bringing patients and medical professionals together to address the unmet needs surrounding lymphatic disorders.

http://www.lymphaticnetwork.org

Last Updated: 14 May 2014

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National Lipedema Association

To educate medical providers and patients about lipedema, and to promote research that benefits lipedema patients.

http://www.lipedema.org (2005)

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Lipedema" returned 4 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Tissue Sodium Content is Elevated in the Skin and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue in Women with Lipedema.
 

Author(s): Rachelle Crescenzi, Adriana Marton, Paula M C Donahue, Helen B Mahany, Sarah K Lants, Ping Wang, Joshua A Beckman, Manus J Donahue, Jens Titze

Journal: Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 02;26(2):310-317.

 

To test the hypothesis that tissue sodium and adipose content are elevated in patients with lipedema; if confirmed, this could establish precedence for tissue sodium and adipose content representing a discriminatory biomarker for lipedema.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Altered body composition, lipedema, and decreased bone density in individuals with Williams syndrome: A preliminary report.
 

Author(s): Jessica L Waxler, Cara Guardino, Richard S Feinn, Hang Lee, Barbara R Pober, Takara L Stanley

Journal: Eur J Med Genet. 2017 05;60(5):250-256.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Evaluation of patient-relevant outcomes of lymphedema and lipedema treatment: development and validation of a new benefit tool.
 

Author(s): C Blome, M Augustin, K Heyer, J Knöfel, H Cornelsen, S Purwins, K Herberger

Journal: Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2014 Jan;47(1):100-7.

 

Patient-relevant treatment benefit is traditionally measured with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) instruments. The Patient Benefit Index (PBI) methodology allows for a more direct measurement, with the patients rating both importance and achievement of treatment goals. Here, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Lipedema" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Thick legs - not always lipedema.
 

Author(s): Stefanie Reich-Schupke, Peter Altmeyer, Markus Stücker

Journal: J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2013 Mar;11(3):225-33.

 

Due to its increased presence in the press and on television, the diagnosis of lipedema is on the way to becoming a trendy diagnosis for those with thick legs. Despite this, one must recognize that lipedema is a very rare disease. It is characterized by disproportional obesity of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Complete Decongestive Therapy With Negative Pressure for Lipedema and Lymphedema Therapy
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Lipedema; Secondary Lymphedema

 

Last Updated: 14 Aug 2018

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Effect of Weight Loss on Body Composition and Metabolic Function in Women With Lipedema
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lipedema; Metabolism

 

Last Updated: 2 Jul 2018

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Effect of an Low Carbon High Fat Diet on Pain- and Quality of Life in Patients With Lipedema
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Lipedema; Obesity, Morbid

 

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2018

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