Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(6):453-455. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.453

Research Paper

Evaluation of the Prevalence of Concomitant Idiopathic Cyclic Edema and Cellulite

José Maria Pereira de Godoy1✉, Maria de Fátima Guerreiro de Godoy2

1. Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery and Professor of postgraduate course of Medicine, School of São Jose do Rio Preto-FAMERP and Research CNPq (National Council for Research and Development), Brazil
2. Occupational therapist, Professor of postgraduate course on Lymphovenous Rehabilitation -FAMERP, Clinic Godoy in São José do Rio Preto and Research CAPES (Coordination of Improvement of Personal of Superior Level), Brazil

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de Godoy JMP, de Godoy MdFG. Evaluation of the Prevalence of Concomitant Idiopathic Cyclic Edema and Cellulite. Int J Med Sci 2011; 8(6):453-455. doi:10.7150/ijms.8.453. Available from

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of concomitant idiopathic cyclic edema with Grade II and III cellulite. All patients treated for Grade II and III cellulite were evaluated for idiopathic cyclic edema in a retrospective, quantitative and cross-sectional study. The study was carried out at the Godoy Clinic in the period from 2006 to 2010. All patients with body mass indexes > 25, Grade I cellulite and other causes of edema were excluded. The diagnosis of idiopathic cyclic edema was based on a clinical history and fluid retention throughout the day, in particular difficulty in removing rings on waking in the morning which improves later in the day. All patients with cyclic edema were treated with 75 mg aminaphtone three times daily. Statistical analysis considered the frequency of edema.

Of the 82 women evaluated with ages between 18 and 58 years old (mean of 34.9 years) 41 (50.0%) were diagnosed with idiopathic cyclic edema.

Idiopathic cyclic edema is an aggravating factor for cellulite and is frequently associated with the more advanced stages of the disease. Its control is essential in the treatment of cellulite.

Keywords: Cellulite, idiopathic cyclic edema, aminaphtone, treatment