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Lipodystrophy refers to a collection of conditions caused by a problem with fat (lipid) metabolism. These conditions can be subclassified in a variety of ways. For example there are generalized, localized, congenital, and acquired forms of lipodystrophy. These conditions are characterized by the destruction (atrophy) of fatty (adipose) tissue. In many of the lipodystrophies there is a redistribution of body fat resulting in the fat collecting primarily in the center of the body.[1]
Last updated: 7/31/2009


  1. Lipodystrophy. MeSH - Medical Subject Headings. Accessed 7/31/2009.
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