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Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume 57, n° 2S
pages 1-3 (août 2007)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jaad.2006.09.023
Case Reports

Lipedema, a frequently unrecognized problem

Margaret A. Fonder, BS, James W. Loveless, MD, Gerald S. Lazarus, MD
From the Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins University 

Reprint requests: Gerald S. Lazarus, MD, Department of Dermatology, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Mason F. Lord Bldg, Center Tower, Suite 2500, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Baltimore, Maryland


Lipedema is characterized by symmetric lower extremity enlargement secondary to the deposition of fat. Lipedema is not rare, but it is commonly misdiagnosed as lymphedema. We describe a 20-year-old woman with massive lower extremity enlargement that did not respond to compression therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lower extremities helped to confirm the diagnosis.

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