Unilateral leg edema: is it always vascular? [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. Ahead of Print: TKDA-85601 | 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
Koc University Hospital

Unilateral lower extremity edema below the knee commonly results from deep venous thrombosis, venous insufficiency or lymphedema. History, physical examination and lower extremity venous duplex ultrasound often reveals the underlying etiology, which is frequently of vascular origin. Our twenty-three years-old patient, who underwent diagnostic work-up for unilateral leg swelling, was found to have a relatively uncommon cause of the edema: lipedema. Lipedema is a disease characterized with subcutaneous adipose tissue deposition and although diagnosed very rarely in the general cardiology outpatient clinics, demonstrated as the cause of lower extremity edema in approximately one-fifth of the cases in specialized clinics.
Keywords: lipedema, nonpitting, pretibial edema

Keywords: lipedema, nonpitting, pretibial edema

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Corresponding Author: Ferit Onur Mutluer, Türkiye
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