Other Names for this Disease
- Dercum disease
- Dercum's disease
- Adipose tissue rheumatism
- Dercums disease
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Most cases of adiposis dolorosa are sporadic (not inherited). This means that it usually occurs in people with no family history of the condition. Adiposis dolorosa has rarely been reported to occur in more than one family member. In some of these cases, it appears to have been inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. In these cases, when an affected person has children, each child has a 50% (1 in 2) risk to inherit the gene causing the condition. However, no associated genes have been identified.
Last updated: 2/4/2016
- Learning About Dercum Disease. NHGRI. June 27, 2012; http://www.genome.gov/17516629.
- Adiposis dolorosa. Genetics Home Reference. July, 2012; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/adiposis-dolorosa.