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The Difference between Lymphedema and Lipedema

Whether it is lipedema or lymphedema can be relatively quickly determined. We will give you some tips on how to recognize the difference. But please remember: edema can also occur in combination with other types of edema and can for this reason manifest itself as a pure form of lipedema or lymphedema or in other ways.

Lymphedema Lipedema
Asymmetrical (Example: one leg is fat, the other one is not) Symmetrical (example: both legs are fat)
Not sensitive to pressure
(no pain felt when pressure is applied to the leg)
Sensitive to pressure
(pain felt when pressure is applied to the leg)
No hematoma
(hardly any bruising)
(frequent bruising)
Often erysipelas
No eryspelas
(inflammation is rather rare)
Edema on the back of the foot (the skin on the back of the foot is swollen) Back of the foot unaffected
(the skin on the back of the foot is nor swollen and can be pulled up without difficulty)
Thumb test positive
(the imprint of the thumb remains longer than usual on the skin´s surface)
Thumb test negative
(the thumb leaves no imprint on the skin)
Smooth plump skin Ripply "orange peel skin"