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Measurement of the degree of disease acceptance and characteristics of patients with lipoedema

Justyna Putek1, Aleksander Truszyński1, Edwin Kuźnik1
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  1. Klinika Angiologii, Nadciśnienia Tętniczego i Diabetologii, Uniwersytet Medyczny im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu, ul. Borowska 213, 50-556, Wrocław, Polska

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Introduction Lipoedema is a chronic disorder of the subcutaneous tissue that occurs mainly in post-pubertal women. It is often misdiagnosed as lymphedema and obesity, therefore the aim of our work was to identify the most common symptoms of lipoedema and to measure the acceptance of the disease. Material and method The study was based on an online survey, which consisted of several original questions and the Acceptance of Illness Scale (AIS). In the statistical analysis, the Student's t-test was used, and one-way ANOVA was used to determine the differences in the results between individual data. Results The survey was completed by 110 women. The most common symptoms reported by the respondents were: symmetrical swelling of the legs (98.2%), feeling of heaviness in the legs (88.2%) or bruising with minimal trauma. (82.7%). 19 (17.3%) respondents manifested poor acceptance of their illness, 48 (43.6%) moderate and 43 (39.1%) good. The mean age, BMI and disease duration increased with the degree of lipoedema. Conclusions Patients with lipoedema report a number of symptoms that distinguish it from obesity or lymphedema. In addition, patients are characterized by a moderate acceptance of their own disease, and its level decreases with the advancement of lipoedema.

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Introduction Lipoedema is a chronic disorder of the subcutaneous tissue that occurs mainly in post-pubertal women. It is often misdiagnosed as lymphedema and obesity, therefore the aim of our work was to identify the most common symptoms of lipoedema and to measure the acceptance of the disease. Material and method The study was based on an online survey, which consisted of several original questions and the Acceptance of Illness Scale (AIS). In the statistical analysis, the Student's t-test was used, and one-way ANOVA was used to determine the differences in the results between individual data. Results The survey was completed by 110 women. The most common symptoms reported by the respondents were: symmetrical swelling of the legs (98.2%), feeling of heaviness in the legs (88.2%) or bruising with minimal trauma. (82.7%). 19 (17.3%) respondents manifested poor acceptance of their illness, 48 (43.6%) moderate and 43 (39.1%) good. The mean age, BMI and disease duration increased with the degree of lipoedema. Conclusions Patients with lipoedema report a number of symptoms that distinguish it from obesity or lymphedema. In addition, patients are characterized by a moderate acceptance of their own disease, and its level decreases with the advancement of lipoedema.
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lipoedema; acceptance of disease; angiology

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Measurement of the degree of disease acceptance and characteristics of patients with lipoedema

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Chirurgia Polska (Polish Surgery)

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lipoedema
acceptance of disease
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Justyna Putek
Aleksander Truszyński
Edwin Kuźnik

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