Lipedema in Male Progressing to Subclinical and Clinical Systemic Lymphedema

Livia Maria Pereira de Godoy, Maria de Fatima Guerreiro Godoy, Jose Maria Pereira de Godoy


The aim of the present case study was to report the 3-year follow-up of a male patient with lipedema and subclinical systemic lymphedema evaluated using multi-segment bioimpedance. The report describes the case of a 53-year-old male with a history of oncological surgery involving lymph node clearance in the right inguinal region followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The physical examination revealed lipedema and lymphedema in the right lower limb. The patient was submitted to multi-segment bioimpedance, circumference measurements and volumetry, with the detection of clinical lymphedema of the limb. The patient underwent intensive treatment for lymphedema using the Godoy Method, which resulted in a substantial reduction in the edema. However, at the 1-year follow-up, the patient had progressed to subclinical systemic lymphedema, followed a year later by clinical systemic lymphedema evaluated using multi-segment bioimpedance. Lipedema is less frequent in men compared to women, but the increase in weight is an aggravating factor in both sexes. This condition initially affects the lower limbs, progressing to subclinical systemic lymphedema, followed by clinical systemic lymphedema determined using multi-segment bioimpedance, demonstrating that edema in patients with lipedema may be systemic.

J Med Cases. 2022;13(6):249-252


Lipedema syndrome; Male sex; Lymphedema; Subclinical; Clinical systemic lymphedema

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