Is Lymphostasis an Aggravant of Lipedema?
Godoy MFG, Buzato E, Brigidio PAF, Godoy JM; 2012
Synopsis: This article describes the case of a 54-year old woman diagnosed with both lipo-lymphedema, and includes her treatment results and before-and-after images.
Abstract: A 54-year-old female patient reported that a characteristic of her family was ‘fat legs’ with postural edema since adolescence. Over the years the patient had been gaining weight with an increase in fatty tissue in the legs and arms. At the age of 24 years she started taking oral contraceptives and noted worse swelling and pain in the lower limbs. She was advised to suspend the use of the contraceptives and to start using a transdermal lymphatic system drug and physical exercise which partially improved the symptoms. Three years ago she noted that the swelling was increasing without improvement and sought a physician who raised the hypothesis of lymphedema and referred her to a specialized center. Lipedema and lymphedema was diagnosed in the physical examination. A 3-day intensive treatment program (8 h daily) was started for lymphedema which included manual and mechanical lymph drainage associated with short-stretch.
CONCLUSION: Stimulation of the lymphatic system can be used to reduce leg volumes in patients with lipedema, thus suggesting the regional involvement of cutaneous lymphostasis in this disease.
APA Citation: Godoy, M.F.G., Buzato, E., Brigidio, P.A.F., Godoy, J.M.P. (2012). Is Lymphostasis an Aggravant of Lipedema?. Case Rep Dermatol, 4(3):222-226. doi:10.1159/000342073.
AMA Citation: Godoy MFG, Buzato E, Brigidio PAF, Godoy JMP. Is Lymphostasis an Aggravant of Lipedema?. Case Rep Dermatol. 2012;4(3):222-226. doi:10.1159/000342073.