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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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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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Nerve Compression

Pain & weakness from Dercum’s Disease (adiposis dolorosa) is  often attributed to lipomas (fatty deposits) applying pressure to nerves.  This explanation is included in many definitions of the disease [1,2,3].  This theory has not been confirmed histopathologically in patients with Dercum’s Disease[4]. However, nerve compression secondary to adjacent lipomas is a recognized medical condition[5,6,7]. Most lipomas are …

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Liposuction

Quality-of-life in patients with Dercum’s disease-before and after liposuction. J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2012 Sep;46(3-4):252-6 Authors: Hansson E, Manjer J, Svensson H, Brorson H Dercum’s disease is characterised by obesity, pronounced pain in the adipose tissue, and a number of associated symptoms. Liposuction has been suggested as a treatment. However, the effect on quality-of-life …

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