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Adiposis dolorosa


Other Names for this Disease

  • Dercum disease
  • Dercum's disease
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Overview

Adiposis dolorosa is a rare condition characterized by multiple, painful, fatty lipomas (benign, fatty tumors). The condition usually occurs in obese, post-menopausal women but a few cases have been reported in men. The lipomas generally occur anywhere except the face and neck and can cause severe pain. This condition is chronic and tends to be progressive. The exact cause of adiposis dolorosa is unknown.[1] Most cases are sporadic but a few familial cases with autosomal dominant inheritance have been reported. Treatment is focused on the specific symptoms in the affected individual.
Last updated: 11/11/2013

References

  1. Learning about Dercum Disease. National Human Genome Research Institute. July 2010; http://www.genome.gov/17516629. Accessed 5/13/2011.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Dercum disease
  • Dercum's disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.