Other Names for this Disease
- Benign symmetrical lipomatosis
- Cephalothoracic lipodystrophy
- Familial benign cervical lipomatosis
- Familial symmetric lipomatosis
- Launois-Bensaude lipomatosis
Tests & Diagnosis
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Madelung disease is usually diagnosed based on a thorough physical exam, accurate medical history, and imaging studies - computed tomography (CT scan) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan). A CT scan is an imaging method that uses x-rays to create pictures of cross-sections of the body, while an MRI scan uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the lipomas and surrounding tissues. Both of these tests are useful in establishing a diagnosis of Madelung disease, although MRI is often the preferred method. In some cases, a biopsy of the lipomas may be necessary to confirm the diagnosis.
Last updated: 11/20/2014
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