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2022 Nov 18

BMC Womens Health



Women with lipoedema: a national survey on their health, health-related quality of life, and sense of coherence.


Falck J, Rolander B, Nygårdh A, Jonasson L-L, Mårtensson J
BMC Womens Health. 2022 Nov 18; 22(1):457.
PMID: 36401222.


Lipoedema is a chronic disease in adipose tissue that almost exclusively affects women during periods of hormonal alterations. Its main symptoms include an abnormal accumulation of subcutaneous fat in the buttock, hips, and legs, which is associated with pain, swelling, and easy bruising. Herein, a grading in three stages is used to determine disease progression. Problematically, lipoedema manifestations are often confused with lifestyle-induced obesity, which is why the various health problems among affected women often remain unrecognized. Overall, research on lipoedema is scarce. As such, this study examined the health, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and sense of coherence (SOC) among women with lipoedema.