What is lipodermatosclerosis and how is it treated ?

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What is lipodermatosclerosis ?

Lipodermatosclerosis is an advanced skin problem in patients with longstanding venous reflux disease.

The word lipodermatosclerosis translates to "scarring of the skin and fat" and is a slow and chronic process that occurs over a number of years. 

Lipodermatosclerosis occurs on the inside of the legs, above the ankles. The skin becomes tight and painful, brown and smooth. It is believed to result from venous hypertension in the subdermal and subcutaneous tissues in the lower legs. 

The treatment is centered around use of compression stockings and treatment of truncal reflux by VNUS Closure or EVLT - endovenous procedures to treat venous reflux disease in the long veins (saphenous) or perforator veins.

Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD

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