Things to Know about Lipedema

If you have multiple lipomas on your legs and you can’t seem to get rid of them, you may suffer from a condition called lipedema. Lipedema is a chronical disorder of the adipose tissue. It generally affects the legs – and sometimes the arms, causing them to accumulate fatty tissue.

When talking about lipedema, it is important to know that it is defined by five characteristics:

1. It can be genetic, meaning that you can inherit it.
2. It occurs almost exclusively in women; there are rare cases when men get it.
3. It can occur of women of all sizes, regardless of their weight, from the seriously underweight to the morbidly obese.
4. It involves the excess deposit and expansion of fat cells in an unusual and particular pattern – bilateral, symmetrical and usually from the waist to a distinct line just above the ankles.
5. Unlike the typical fat of obesity, lipedemic fat cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise.

Lipedema is generally triggered at puberty. However, it can also occur or worsen by pregnancy, peri-menopause and gynecological surgery (such as surgery of the uterus, ovaries, or fallopian tubes). The cause of this condition remains unknown, even though most people suffering from it also have a significant hormonal imbalance. Additionally, the times of onset or exacerbation coincide with times of hormonal disturbance, such as the aforementioned examples.

Regarding its signs and symptoms, individuals suffering from lipedema tend to gain weight in the areas characteristic to the disease and lose weight in non-lipedemic areas. Obese individuals with lipedema who undergo bariatric surgery lose fat primarily from the waist up. Symptoms of lipedema include disproportionately large, column-like legs. As the condition progresses, people having it become increasingly heavy in the lower body.

Treating lipedema is quite difficult, since there is currently no known uniform procedure to cure it. There is debate, though, about surgery as an intervention. There are surgeons in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom achieving success with medical liposuction. This is a specialized form of liposuction, usually performed with tumescent local anesthesia, one of the nuances being ensuring integrity of the lymphatic system while removing lipedemic adipose tissue.

If lipedema is diagnosed early, which is currently very rare, there are chances of preventing a significant expansion of lipedemic fat cells, and to alert patients to their increased risk for obesity so they can take appropriate action. However, lipedema is a rare condition, being often mistaken for obesity.

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Keep an Eye Out for Lipomas in Your Pet

If your furry family member has developed some sort of a growth under the skin on its body – neck, leg, belly, or any other body part, chances are that your pet may be stuck with a lipoma. There are a number of issues you may have discovered, depending on how fast the lump developed and its location, appearance, texture and movability. Anything from an abscess to a mast cell tumor can develop on your pet. Let’s discuss the best case scenario: your pet has developed a lipoma, a form of growth that any animal may develop over time.

What are lipomas? Lipomas are benign – noncancerous – freely movable, relatively slow growing fat-filled tumors that are quite common in dogs, especially older ones. They are soft, easily manipulated and located just under the dog’s skin. While they can develop anywhere, lipomas are most commonly found on your dog’s undercarriage, in the chest or abdomen. These tumors may be ugly, but they fortunately pose no health threat. A lipoma is the most common type of benign tumor in older dogs – nearly every senior dog has one, to say the least.

What causes lipomas? The exact cause of this type of tumor is yet to be discovered. Some vets say that these nonthreatening yet ugly bumps are part of the natural aging process.

What are the symptoms? The most common signs and symptoms of a lipoma are lumps and bumps under your pet’s skin. These lumps and bumps are typically round or oval in shape, freely movable and well-defined.

How can lipomas be diagnosed? To diagnose the noncancerous tumor, the veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination on your pet and may recommend diagnostic tests to confirm that the lump is a lipoma. These tests may include: needle aspiration, microscopic evaluation of cells, and biopsy of the tissue.

How can lipomas be treated? While these tumors don’t usually pose any serious health threat, removal of the lipoma is sometimes recommended if they limit the animal’s mobility appreciably. If they grow too large, making your cat or dog scratch or bite at them, removal of the lumps is also advisable.

If your veterinarian recommends surgery, they will most likely perform pre-surgical blood tests to make sure that your pet is health and can handle both the anesthesia and surgical procedure. If your veterinarian recommends leaving the lipoma alone, it will be important to monitor it for any changes. In some cases, a lipoma can grow too large and become uncomfortable. If you spot any abnormal lump or bump on your pet, you should contact your veterinarian. While lipomas are not life-threatening, other causes of bumps can have more serious side effects.

How can lipomas be prevented? There’s really nothing you can do to prevent your pet from developing a lipoma. These tumors are a natural part of the aging process for many animals. However, if you have questions, you should contact your veterinarian, the primary resource for information about the health and well-being of your furry friends.

So, if you find that a lump or bump has recently appeared on your pet, you should ask your veterinarian about it at your pet’s next appointment or, even better, you should schedule a specific consult to address this matter as early as possible. There is always the chance that the lump or bump isn’t a harmless lipoma, so the sooner you know, the better – for both you and your pet.

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Man Has To Live With Giant Lipoma On His Neck

One of the most serious cases of lipoma in years has recently came to public attention in a story published by The Sun. The tumor has a huge size. Actually, the massive tumor encircles the patient’s neck. And the most shocking thing about this story is that the man in cause has to live with this tumor, as he cannot afford paying for medical help.

Wang Zhixiang is suffering from lipoma, which is still a benign growth. The tumor is a soft lump formed below the skin. This lipoma is caused by an overgrowth of fat cells, as doctors claimed in Wang’s case. And that is not all. The tumor tends to spread around his body, affecting his back, legs, arms and stomach, too. Removing it as soon as possible is a must, but unfortunately Wang cannot afford to pay for the medical intervention.

Why has the huge size lipoma developed? According to Wang Zhixiang the tumor probably is a result of a hormone therapy he received back in 2005, after an accident he unfortunately suffered. As in most cases, lipomas are not harmful and do not tend to grow, no medical interventions are required. However, when lipomas tend to grow and become quite large, as the case for Wang Zhixiang, they need to be removed.

The growth is now 30 centimeters wide, but Wang Zhixiang, from Jilin city, Jilin province in China, must live with it. Even though the tumor is not cancerous, this is one of the most obvious cases in which lipoma has to be removed. As the tumor continues to grow, it will most likely affect Wang’s mobility, which already is quite limited. Living with such a tumor seems absolutely impossible and not only really shocking.

Hopefully, Wang Zhixiang will be able to raise the needed sum of money to have the medical intervention performed before new complications are developed.

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Preparing For A Doctors Appointment

Screen Shot 2015-01-23 at 11.01.28 AMLipoma is a condition that usually occurs in individuals of all ages. However, patients diagnosed with this disease should not worry that much. Lipoma is a condition that commonly does not require treatment. It is not a life threatening disease and it commonly consists of small lumps formed below the skin. Still, it is important to know that there can be cases in which a lipoma requires medical intervention.

In case you are going to see a doctor for this condition, it is advisable to prepare yourself for the appointment. Commonly, you will first have to make a visit to a general practitioner or your family doctor. The doctor will send you to a specialist in skin disorders. This specialist will most likely start by asking you what are the symptoms experienced. If you want to be certain that you will mention them all, without forgetting any, it is advisable to write down these symptoms before the appointment.

After being sure that you noted all symptoms, you should make a list of the medications you are currently taking. Vitamins and supplements should be included here, as well. Make sure that you mentioned them all, as it is quite important for the specialist to be aware of your medication regimen.

In case you have any questions you may want to ask the specialist, you should write them down. This way you can be sure that you will remember everything you wanted to find out. Some of the main things you should consider asking the specialist include:

  • What is the cause of the growth?
  • Can it be cancerous?
  • Are there any additional tests required to trace the cause of the lumps?
  • Is a medical intervention necessary for removal?
  • Are there any risks?

You will have questions for your doctor, but you should also expect to be asked a lot of things by the specialist. Most likely, he/she will ask you when you noticed the lump for the first time, if it has grown since, if you have experienced similar growths in the past, if the lump is painful and if there is a history with lipoma in your family.

Be extremely careful as your answers can help the specialist determine a course of action which will impact your life. Ask everything you want to know and be positive that you understood all recommendations. In most cases, lipoma can be removed through surgical removal, even though in a wide number of situations surgery is not even necessary.

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Large Lipoma Removed from a Man’s Tongue

How would you feel if you were left unable to eat solid food for five years? Or if you were unable to speak for a whole year? Ashok Baniat, a 47-year-old Mulund resident, went through that. He was on a liquid diet for five years and was unable to speak for 12 months due to a rare tumor in his tongue. The tumor that caused him so much suffering grew to 7 cm and was as large as a tennis ball.

Recently, Baniat finally had the tumor removed at the KEM Hospital in Parel, India. The man gave the surgery a lot of thought and was reluctant in having the tumor removed for a very long time, as he was afraid of losing his tongue. After a friend suggested he visit KEM Hospital, he was convinced by the doctors there that he would not lose his tongue and eventually decided to go through with it.

Ashok Baniat has been working at a lottery store for years now. He remembers that his life changed in 2008, when he discovered a small growth in his tongue. “It was small, and I thought it would slowly disappear on its own. I waited for a year, but instead of getting smaller, the tumor grew drastically”, the 47-year-old remembers. “I went to the local doctor, who said that I should get it tested as it could be cancerous. I used to chew gutkha [also called betel nut, an Indian product similar to chewing tobacco], and fearing that it may indeed be cancerous and cause me to lose by tongue, I decided to live with it and not seek treatment”, Baniat says.

However, the tumor kept on growing and his condition worsened as the years went by. Baniat recalls: “It covered almost my entire tongue. For some time I could speak a little, but for the last year I had been unable to speak at all. I work in a lottery shop where I have to interact with customers, but I was unable to communicate, so the customers thought I was dumb”.

My work was getting affected and I was so disturbed. I was unable to eat any solid food, as chewing anything caused immense pain. Anything I put on my tongue felt heavy, and I would be unable to spit it out”, the man added.

Things finally started looking up when a childhood friend convinced Baniat to seek an opinion from doctors at KEM Hospital. As he was terrified of losing his tongue and felt like his life was over, he finally decided to visit the hospital. The doctors there performed several tests and eventually gave him the good news. “Doctors told me that they could remove my tumor without damaging my tongue”, Ashok said.

Everyone at the hospital was amazed by this case. Dr. Jignesh Gandhi, head of general surgery department at KEM Hospital, stated: “We were surprised to see such a huge tumor in someone’s tongue. It was 7cm long and 5 cm wide, about the size of a tennis ball. I have never seen such a case. Even more surprising was that Baniat was living with it and didn’t want to seek any treatment”.

We did an MRI to find out the extent of the tumor, and found that it was growing only on the upper part of the tongue. The tumor’s vessels were not attached to any major vessels. The tricky part was inserting the tube for anesthesia in his mouth, as the tumor was so big. We slowly cut the tumor and removed it entirely”, the doctor added. Dr Gandhi now plans on writing about this case for a medical journal. He said: “I have found that worldwide, only 26 cases of tongue tumors has been reported. However, they were all very small ones – this could be the largest tongue tumor ever removed”.

Tests showed that the tumor was a lipoma, which is a benign tumor composed of soft tissue. Most lipomas are small, having less than 1 cm in diameter, but they can grow up to 6 cm or even exceed this size, like it did in Baniat’s case. “Lipomas can grow on any part of the body, but this is the first time I’ve seen one on a tongue“, added Dr Gandhi.

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