Unilateral leg edema: Is it always vascular? [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(8): 706-709 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2018.85601

Unilateral leg edema: Is it always vascular?

Ferit Onur Mutluer, Cenk İndelen, Neris Dincer, Gamze Aslan, Mehmet Şanser Ateş
Department of Cardiology, Koç University Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

Unilateral lower extremity edema below the knee commonly results from deep venous thrombosis, venous insufficiency, or lymphedema. The patient history, a physical examination, and lower extremity venous duplex ultrasound often reveal the underlying etiology, which is frequently of vascular origin. Presently described is the case of a 23-year-old patient who underwent a diagnostic work-up for unilateral leg swelling and was found to have a relatively uncommon cause of edema: lipedema. Lipedema is a disease characterized by subcutaneous adipose tissue deposition, and although diagnosed very rarely in general cardiology outpatient clinics, it has been demonstrated to be a cause of lower extremity edema in approximately one-fifth of cases in specialized clinics.

Keywords: Lipedema, nonpitting; pretibial edema.

How to cite this article
Ferit Onur Mutluer, Cenk İndelen, Neris Dincer, Gamze Aslan, Mehmet Şanser Ateş. Unilateral leg edema: Is it always vascular?. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(8): 706-709

Corresponding Author: Ferit Onur Mutluer, Türkiye
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