Who is most at risk for Dercum's disease?


Most diagnosed cases of Dercum's disease have occurred in obese women in the menopausal or postmenopausal age. Although women run a higher risk for contracting Dercum's disease, men account for about 16 per cent of the recorded cases. Similarly, although obesity is common in people with Dercum's disease, cases have also been recorded in people with a healthy weight. People with family members who have been diagnosed with Dercum's disease may also be at risk. Although there is no definite evidence that Dercum's disease is hereditary, cases of Dercum's disease have been recorded within members of the same family.

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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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