Intracellular and Extracellular Water Balance in Patients with Lipedema

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Intracellular and Extracellular Water Balance in Patients with Lipedema
Background: The presence of edema in patients with lipedema has been investigated in many studies. However, no study has been found that examines the amount of intracellular (ICF) and extracellular fluid (ECF) in these patients together. The aim of this study is to examine the amount of ICF and ECF in patients with stage 2 lipedema. Methods and Results: Twenty-four patients diagnosed with stage 2 lipedema were included in the study. Bioimpedance spectroscopy was applied to measure extracellular and intracellular water levels. The mean age of the participants was 44.58 ± 2.95 years. The mean body mass index (BMI) of the participants was 33.9 ± 1.84 kg/m2. It was observed that the amount of ECF in the patients was above the normal values (p < 0.001), whereas the amount of ICF was within the normal range (p = 0.801). In addition, it was observed that there was a moderate relationship between BMI and the amount of ECF. Conclusion: Although the amount of ICF is within the normal range in patients with lipedema, an increase in ECF is observed. The reason why edema is not observed in these patients despite the increase in ECF may be the increase in glycosaminoglycan and proteoglycan synthesis. In addition, the attention of these patients to weight control may contribute to slowing the course of the disease by preventing the increase in the amount of ECF. For a better diagnosis of lipedema, it is considered important to evaluate the amount of ECF in addition to routine evaluations.
Lymphatic Research and Biology
8/5/23, 3:16 PM
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Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
Esmer, M., & Schingale, F. J. (2023). Intracellular and Extracellular Water Balance in Patients with Lipedema. Lymphatic Research and Biology.