Is Dercum's disease contagious?

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Dercum's disease is not contagious and cannot be contracted by personal contact. Although the exact cause of Dercum's disease is unknown, researchers are exploring the option of heredity as a means of passing Dercum's disease. Some researchers have suggested that Dercum's disease is an endocrine abnormality, as it often affects women who have gone through menopause. Another possible explanation of Dercum's disease is a disorder of the immune system in which the body's defense cells attack healthy tissue.

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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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