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Does Dercum's disease affect children differently than adults?

The effects of Dercum's disease such as the fatty lipomas generally do not appear in childhood. These and other symptoms begin to appear in middle-aged adults, especially in postmenopausal women. Some research is being done to determine if Dercum's disease is hereditary because some cases of Dercum's disease have occurred in members of a family. Some researchers have even speculated that Dercum's disease can be passed down as a dominant trait, meaning that only one copy of a gene for a certain trait is necessary for the trait to manifest.

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