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Conduct research to understand the pathogenesis of Lipedema so as to differentiate between Obesity and Lymphedema.

Lipedema is an underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed Adipose Disorder that is often mistaken for Obesity or Lymphedema. It is estimated that 1 out of 9 adult females suffer from this fat disorder that is marked by an abnormal deposition of fat in the lower body that is resistant to diet and exercise. Research into the pathogenesis of Lipedema would lead to better diagnostic methods and treatment modalities. Genetics are thought to play a role as is estrogen and inflammation of SAT.

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