Adiposis dolorosa (Dercum's disease): 10-year follow-up

S. Brodovsky, M. Westreich, A. Leibowitz, Y. Schwartz

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Adiposis dolorosa is a disease characterized by painful, subcutaneous fatty tumors. This disorder usually occurs in obese, postmenopausal women and is associated with weakness and mental disturbances such as depression, confusion, lethargy, and dementia. The cause is unknown, and there is no specific treatment. Pain may be relieved by steroids, intravenous lidocaine, or analgesics. Surgical treatment consists of excision or liposuction of the painful masses. We present two cases of adiposis dolorosa in men, with a follow-up of more than 10 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-668
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Plastic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


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