Early Lipoedema Diagnosis and The RCGP E-Learning Course

Early Lipoedema Diagnosis and The RCGP E-Learning Course

Fetzer A, Fetzer S; 2015

Synopsis: This article aims to describe the condition of lipoedema, how to recognise/diagnose it, current treatment options and the findings of a 240-patient survey carried out by Lipoedema UK in 2013 that included documenting the difficulties for patients in obtaining a diagnosis as well as the mental and physical effects of the condition.

Abstract: Frequently misdiagnosed as obesity, lipoedema is chronic condition involving an abnormal build-up of fat cells in the legs, thighs and buttocks that cannot be shifted by exercise or dieting. Estimated to affect up to 11% of the female population, the condition is widely unknown by health professionals. This means women typically wait for many years before diagnosis. This allows the condition to progress unchecked, resulting in unnecessary deterioration and the development of associated comorbidities, as well as significant pain and mental anguish. A free, 30-minute Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) e-learning course created in partnership with Lipoedema UK aims to rectify this situation by educating nurses, GPs and other health professionals on how to diagnose and manage lipoedema in primary care. This article aims to describe the condition of lipoedema, how to recognise/diagnose it, current treatment options and the findings of a 240-patient survey carried out by Lipoedema UK in 2013 that included documenting the difficulties for patients in obtaining a diagnosis as well as the mental and physical effects of the condition.

APA Citation: Fetzer, A., & Fetzer, S. (2015). Early lipoedema diagnosis and the RCGP e-learning course. British Journal Of Community Nursing, 20(Sup4), S22-S28. http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/bjcn.2015.20.sup4.s22

AMA Citation: Fetzer A, Fetzer S. Early lipoedema diagnosis and the RCGP e-learning course. British Journal of Community Nursing. 2015;20(Sup4):S22-S28. doi:10.12968/bjcn.2015.20.sup4.s22.