This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
Excessive, persistent worry and fear
Tiredness[ more ]
Having too much body fat
Firm lump under the skin
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Sparse axillary hair||
Little underarm hair
|Sparse pubic hair||
Decreased sexual hair
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
Autoimmune disorder[ more ]
Easy bruising[ more ]
Loss of developmental milestones
Mental deterioration in childhood[ more ]
Poor memory[ more ]
Pins and needles feeling
Tingling[ more ]
|Recurrent skin infections||
Skin infections, recurrent[ more ]
Trouble sleeping[ more ]
|Telangiectasia of the skin||0100585|
Dry mouth syndrome
Reduced salivation[ more ]
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Bloating[ more ]
|Middle age onset||0003596|
|Painful subcutaneous lipomas||
Painful noncancerous fat tissue tumor under the skin
The types of doctors that may evaluate person with symptoms of adiposis dolorosa include
If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
The differential diagnosis should include fibromyalgia, other multiple lipoma syndromes such as familial symmetric lipomatosis, Proteus syndrome, MERRF syndrome with lipomatous lesions, neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (see these terms).
Visit the Orphanet disease page for more information.
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How many people with this disease are estimated to live in the US? Are the lipomas constantly painful or does the pain come and go? What advice would you give to a patient regarding home treatment of symptoms? See answer
Has there been enough genetic testing for this problem to identify a genetic marker? Can the children of an affected person have testing done to rule out or identify the presence of the gene? Also, I have not read that severe hyperlipidemia is a symptom. I believe that it is. Can you confirm this? See answer
Is there or will there be any research or attempt at cures done on the rare disease of Dercums? See answer