Lipoedema

Lipoedema is an adipose tissue disorder causing bilateral symmetrical enlargement of the lower, and in some cases the upper, extremity in women leading to significant disproportion of the waist to hip ratio. Affecting mainly women, Lipoedema is commonly misunderstood and sadly rarely recognised, leading to misdiagnosis in primary care.

Resources and links

National charity: Lipoedema UK’s advice sheet

National charity: Lipoedema UK’s service user feedback and recommendations for self-management

National charity: Lipoedema UK’s GP and Health Care Professional free education resource

Links: www.lipoedema.co.uk and www.talklipoedema.org

Lipoedema patient talking about her experience

Differential diagnosis: lipoedema, lymphoedema and obesity

Wounds UK (2017) Best Practice Guidelines: the management of lipoedema, London www.wounds-uk.com

Lipoedema Staging

Wounds UK (2017) Best Practice Guidelines: the management of lipoedema, London www.wounds-uk.com