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What is Dercum's disease?

Dercum's disease is an uncommon condition first discovered by Francis Dercum. Usually affecting obese, menopausal women, Dercum's disease causes a painful buildup of fatty lumps called lipomas that usually appear on the mid-section and extremities closest to the mid-section. The lipomas can be as small as a grain of rice but they can also grow up to 10 pounds. Also known as Adiposis Dolorose, Morbus Dercum, Dercum-Vitaut syndrome, or Anders' syndrome, Dercum's disease causes chronic, painful fatigue and can worsen with time.

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Does Dercum's disease affect children differently than adults?
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The effects of Dercum's disease such as the fatty lipomas generally do not appear in childhood. Thes...
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Should I be worried about the fatty lumps from Dercum's disease?
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Dercum's disease is often characterized by the presence of fatty swellings on the body called lipoma...
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Is Dercum's disease serious?
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Because Dercum's disease is usually progressive, meaning that the symptoms will worsen with time, it...
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What is the duration of Dercum's disease?
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Because little is known about what causes Dercum's disease, there is no known cure. The only treatme...
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