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Dercum's Disease

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to Rebecca Campen, MD, J.D. Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School Assistant in Dermatology, Massachusetts General Hospital, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Dercum's Disease

  • Adiposis Dolorosa
  • Fatty Tissue Rheumatism
  • Juxta-Articular Adiposis Dolorosa
  • Lipomatosis Dolorosa Morbus Dercum's

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Dercum's disease is an extremely rare disorder characterized by multiple, painful growths consisting of fatty tissue (lipomas). These growths mainly occur on the trunk, the upper arms and upper legs and are found just below the skin (subcutaneously). Pain associated with Dercum's disease can often be severe. Pain may be caused by these growths pressing on nearby nerves. Dercum's disease mainly occurs in adults and more women are affected than men. In some cases, affected individuals may also experience weight gain, depression, lethargy, and/or confusion. The exact cause of Dercum's disease is unknown.

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