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What is Lipoedema?

Lipoedema is another condition that is often confused with lymphoedema or obesity.  It involves bilateral and symmetrical swelling of the legs, and can also affect the thighs, hips, buttocks and arms.  It is due to the abnormal accumulation of fat cells in the tissues in the skin. 

This can lead to lipolymphoedema (where it progresses to oedema/swelling due to fluid overload) if not managed.  Lipoedema can cause pain or tenderness in the affected limbs.