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Other Names for this Disease
- Dercum disease
- Dercum's disease
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Adiposis dolorosa, or Dercum disease, is a rare condition that is characterized by multiple, painful fatty lipomas (benign, fatty tumors) that occur most often in middle aged, post-menopausal, obese women. Although it is 20 times more common in women, 16 percent of the reported cases are males and it can also occur in people who are not obese. The lipomas can cause severe pain, which is often debilitating. This condition is chronic and tends to be progressive. The exact cause of adiposis dolorosa is unknown.
- Learning about Dercum Disease. National Human Genome Research Institute. http://www.genome.gov/17516629. Accessed May 13, 2011.
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