Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2016 Sep 28;4(9):e1043. Epub 2016 Sep 28.
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.; and Department of Medicine, University of Arizona, Banner University Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz.
Lipedema, or adiposis dolorosa, is a common adipose tissue disorder that is believed to affect nearly 11% of adult women worldwide. It is characterized most commonly by disproportionate adipocyte hypertrophy of the lower extremities, significant tenderness to palpation, and a failure to respond to extreme weight loss modalities. Women with lipedema report a rapid growth of the lipedema subcutaneous adipose tissue in the setting of stress, surgery, and/or hormonal changes. Read More