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Ann Plast Surg. 1994 Dec;33(6):664-8.

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

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  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center, Tzrifin, Israel.


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.

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