Author Archive: ddresearch1

Prominent neurological involvement in Dercum disease

Prominent neurological involvement in Dercum disease (Abstract not provided, article behind paywall) http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00415-017-8415-1

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Case Report

52 year old obese postmenopausal female presented with complaints of multiple painful lumps over the legs and thighs of 2 years days duration. Clinical examination revealed multiple tender plaques and nodules over both the legs and thighs of different sizes. Biopsy suggestive of lipoma. These features were diagnostic of a rare lipomatosis, dercum’s disease. https://www.omicsgroup.org/journals/dercums-diseaseadiposis-dolorosa-2376-0427-1000252.pdf

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Differentiating lipedema and Dercum’s disease

K. Beltran and K. L. Herbst Abstract BACKGROUND: People with lipedema or Dercum’s disease (DD) can have a similar distribution of excess painful nodular subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) making them difficult to differentiate. METHODS: Case series of 94 patients with DD, 160 with lipedema and 18 with both diagnoses (Lip+DD) from a single clinic in an …

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Mixed generalized/juxta-articular form of Dercum’s disease

Dercum’s disease is a rare disorder with subcutaneous formation of fatty tissue (lipomas) with symptoms of pain, fatigue, stiffness, weakness and in some cases arthritis. Differential diagnosis excluded fibromyalgia, benign symmetric lipomatosis, lipedema, adenolipomatosis, and panniculitis. Dercum’s disease appears in nodular, generalized and juxta-articular forms. In this short report, we report a patient with mixed …

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Lipoma Treatment Review

The following link provides a review of lipoma excision techniques and possible alternative technologies that have been tested or are being developed. Of the reviewed methods, liposuction is the most effective overall in removing adipose tissue, but is hindered by associated costs. Deeper lipomas may be ablated with laser technologies, although larger incisions are required. …

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Lipedema: diagnostic and management challenges

Lipedema is an uncommon disorder characterized by localized adiposity of the lower extremities, often occurring in females with a family history of the condition. The adiposity extends from hips to ankles and is typically unresponsive to weight loss. It is important to distinguish Dercum’s disease (adiposis dolorosa) from lipedema, which is characterized by multiple painful …

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DERCUM’S DISEASE: AN OVERVIEW OF CLASSIFICATION, CLINICALPRESENTATION, DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA AND MANAGEMENT

Dercum’s disease is a rare disorder described by generalized obesity with painful adipose tissue. The clinical symptoms presented were multiple painful fatty masses, fatiguablity, swelling of fingers, morning stiffness, cognitive dysfunction, headache, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, bloating, constipation, easy bruisability, joint aches, muscle aches, mood swing, delirium and dementia. Dercum’s disease affects women …

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Rapid Weight Gain

Rapid Weight Gain: A Common Presentation of Adipose Tissue Disorders Weight gain has long been assumed to be a consequence of impaired energy balance due to poor feeding habits and low physical activity. We examined 40 patients who were referred for rapid weight gain or difficulty losing weight without obvious endocrine or non-endocrine causes. Most …

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Case Study: Temporal Adiposis Dolorosa

The clinical and imaging features are consistent with focal adiposis dolorosa likely associated with long-term glucocorticoid use. Adiposis dolorosa (Dercum’s disease) refers to painful fatty tissue in an overweight or obese individual. The epidemiology, etiology and pathogenesis of adiposis dolorosa are not clear but long-term glucocorticoid use for rheumatologic diseases has been associated with focal …

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Juxta-articular adiposis dolorosa (Dercum’s disease type IV): report of four cases and treatment by dermolipectomy

Juxta-articular adiposis dolorosa is a rare subtype of Dercum’s disease. It manifests mainly on the medial parts of the knees. Pain and impaired mobility are common symptoms. We report on four females (aged between 52 and 83 years) who suffered from juxta-articular adiposis dolorosa for more than 10 years. These patients were successfully treated by …

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Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation: A Case Report

Dercum’s disease is a rare condition of painful subcutaneous growth of adipose tissue. Etiology is unknown and pain is difficult to control. We report the case of a 57-year-old man with generalized diffuse Dercum’s disease, who improved after the treatment with transcutaneous frequency rhythmic electrical modulation system (FREMS). Treatment consisted in 4 cycles of 30 …

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