Wounds UK lipoedema guideline

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What are the clinical signs of lipoedema? Read this summary to find out. Includes a useful and concise management algorithm.

Lipoedema is characterised by the pathological build-up of adipose tissue (typically in the thighs, buttocks, and lower legs), and almost always occurs in women. Awareness of lipoedema among healthcare practitioners is poor, and it can often be misdiagnosed as obesity or lymphoedema. As lipoedema is incurable, treatment is focused on a multidisciplinary approach to improving quality of life, which includes aiding patient mobility and managing pain. 

This Guidelines for Nurses summary covers the diagnosis, assessment, and multidisciplinary management of lipoedema. It includes a patient pathway algorithm for the assessment of suspected lipoedema.

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