Pain in lipoedema, fat in lipoedema and its consequences: results of a patient survey based on a pain questionnaire.

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640 patients from a specialist clinic for operative lymphology were surveyed with the help by a questionnaire issued by the German Society of Pain Therapy (Deutsche Schmerzgesellschaft e. V.). This survey collected responses to questions about pain and pain characteristics as well as demographic data. It revealed that only a little more than 50 % of respondents were genuine cases of obesity. Lipoedema and obesity must therefore be regarded as clinical pictures unrelated to one another. The pain was mostly described as pressing and tearing in nature. Attributes such as throbbing or pulsing, consistent with acute inflammation, were rated as "not applicable". Symptoms were independent of the BMI, which is only useable to a limited extent in lipohyperplasia dolorosa. On the whole, the main symptom "pain" is multi-faceted. The study initiated by the German Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) must therefore be viewed critically. Congenital (as opposed to acquired) lipoedema fat on the extremities significantly impairs a person's ability to undertake activities in general as well as leisure activities. Since no objectively verifiable findings in lipoedema can be ascertained thus far, the diagnosis should be based on a careful patient survey.


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Name: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, plastische Chirurgie : Organ der Deutschsprachigen Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Handchirurgie : Organ der Deutschsprachigen Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Mikrochirurgie der Peripheren Nerven und Gefasse : Organ der V...
ISSN: 1439-3980
Pages: 249-254


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