Other Names for this Disease
- Dercum disease
- Dercum's disease
- Adipose tissue rheumatism
- Dercums disease
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Management of adiposis dolorosa is difficult and no currently available treatments have led to long-lasting, complete pain reduction. Weight reduction, surgical removal of particularly burdensome lesions, and/or liposuction may be helpful for some people. There is currently no drug known to change the course of the disease. Available treatments mainly focus on alleviating symptoms and may include:
- prednisone or intravenous lidocaine for pain
- traditional pain medicines such nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (which are often inefficient), or acetaminophen combined with an opioid analgesic
- a cortisone/anesthetic injection for localized pain
- diuretics for swelling of the fingers
Last updated: 2/5/2016
- Emma Hansson, Henry Svensson, and Håkan Brorson. Review of Dercum’s disease and proposal of diagnostic criteria, diagnostic methods, classification and management. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2012; 7:
- Laura F McGevna. Adiposis Dolorosa. Medscape Reference. February 6, 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1082083-treatment.
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
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