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Lipodystrophy [vs. lipoatrophy definition]
Aug 27, 2003

What is the diference between Lipodystrophy and Lipoatrophy?

For years I only heard and read about Lipodystrophy, and now it seems all reference is to Lipoatrophy.

Response from Ms. Fields-Gardner

"Lipodystrophy" seems to be a catch-all term that currently is used to refer to fat deposits, fat loss, elevated blood lipids, insulin resistance, and even bone density changes. It is more of a set of issues than a single problem.

Hope that helps!

On the other hand, "lipoatrophy" refers specifically to the loss of fat. This include peripheral and facial fat loss, but is not confined just to those areas. For instance, you can also lose fat under the skin (subcutaneous fat) in the abdomen even if "lipohypertrophy" or fat gain is seen more deeply in the belly or elsewhere.


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