Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What is Panniculitis?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 03:53 PM

Question: What can be done for panniculitis of the leg? Can you explain this condition?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Panniculitis refers to a group of conditions that involve inflammation of the fat under the skin. Despite having very diverse causes, most forms of panniculitis have the same clinical appearance. Panniculitis in the leg is due to subcutaneous septa and the blood vessels where red nodules can form. This condition usually affects women over 40. Various medications can be used to treat this inflammation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen) can reduce the redness and inflammation. Other drugs that have been used are steroids and dapsone. Sometimes antimalarial tablets are also used to fight the inflammation.

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Panniculitis is inflammation of the fat under the skin.
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