Lipodermatosclerosis: Symptoms & Treatment

Lipodermatosclerosis, also known as chronic panniculitis with lipomembranous changes, hypodermitis sclerodermiformis, sclerosing panniculitis, and stasis panniculitis, refers to changes in the skin of the lower legs. It is most common in middle-aged women.

Symptoms
The symptoms of lipodermatosclerosis vary but may include:

  • pain
  • hardening or thickening of the skin
  • varicose veins
  • swelling
  • changes in skin color (redness)
  • tapering of the legs above the ankles (forming a constricting band resembling an inverted champagne bottle)

Causes
The exact cause of lipodermatosclerosis is unknown currently.

According some studies, it may be related to:

  • some venous diseases such as venous hypertension
  • obesity (approximately two thirds of patients are obese)
  • recurrent ulceration
  • fat necrosis

Treatment
In some cases relating to venous diseases, treatment options may included:

  • elastic compression stockings
  • leg elevation
  • not sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time
  • regular exercise

Patients who are obese need lose weight.

In some serious cases, patients may require medications to help dissolve blood clots or relieve pain and inflammation.

Please consult your doctors for your symptoms.

Keywords: lipodermatosclerosis; venous diseases.

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