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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2010 August;145(4):547-50

Copyright © 2010 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Clinical aspects of advanced stage lipo-lymphedema: case report

Pereira De Godoy J. M. 1, De Moura Álvares R. 1, Simon Torati J. L. 1, De Fátima Guerreiro Godoy M. 2

1 Vascular Service, Medicine School, São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), Brazil; 2 Lymphovenous Rehabilitation, FAMERP, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil


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The aim of the current study was to alert about dermatological alterations in the clinical evolution of lipo-lymphedema. The case of a 48-year-old patient is reported with clinical diagnosis of stage II lipo-lymphedema treated in the Angiology and Vascular Surgery Service of FAMERP. On physical examination the edema was hard, not reversible during rest, with nodules in the lower one-third of the limbs and a positive Stemmer’s sign. The sizes of the nodules were different between legs. This report stresses the clinical findings and the differences in each disease. Additionally a review of publications is presented. The dermatological changes occurring in the evolution of lipedema may be associated with the evolution of lipo-lymphedema.

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