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J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1989 Dec;15(12):1294-6.

Surgical amelioration of Dercum's disease: a report and review.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Nashoba Community Hospital, Ayer, Massachusetts.


Dercum's disease, or adiposis dolorosa, is a rare condition characterized by painful lipomas, usually on the extremities of obese postmenopausal women. At present, there are no treatments known to alter the progressive course of this often incapacitating disease. Surgical intervention, while not preventive, is useful in ameliorating local symptoms of pain. We report a characteristic 15-year course of Dercum's disease.

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