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Course Of Illness

The disease apparently progresses in its course through 3 different stages.

  1. Stage 1. "Orange peel skin" or cellulitis
  2. Stage 2. "Mattress skin", coarsely nodular with larger dimples
  3. Stage 3. Large, deforming folds of fat
Even though the cause of lipoedema has not yet been ascertained, medical experts suggest that female hormones might play a major role for this disorder. Thereby it has often been observed that lipoedema originates or aggravates at puberty, following pregnancy and also during menopause. Experts have not ruled out genetic reason as one of the causes of lipoedema.
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