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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Dercum's Disease

Dercum's disease is a rare disease in which you develop growths of fatty tissue called lipomas just under your skin. When these growths press against your nerves, the pain can very severe. Common symptoms of Dercum's are weight ga...

in that is unrelated to diet or exercise, strange accumulations of fat that have an abnormal consistency, feelings of extreme tiredness and pain to the touch in the affected areas. This disease occurs more often in women than in men. There are no specific tests for diagnosing Dercum's disease. If you have symptoms, you should see your doctor or a pain specialist to help control your pain.

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