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Dercum's Disease


Synonyms of Dercum's Disease
  • Adiposis Dolorosa
  • Fatty Tissue Rheumatism
  • Juxta-Articular Adiposis Dolorosa
  • Lipomatosis Dolorosa Morbus Dercum?s

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Dercum?s disease is an extremely rare disorder characterized by multiple, painful growths consisting of fatty tissue (lipomas). These growths mainly occur on the trunk, the upper arms and upper legs and are found just below the skin (subcutaneously). Pain associated with Dercum?s disease can often be severe. Pain may be caused by these growths pressing on nearby nerves. Dercum?s disease mainly occurs in adults and more women are affected than men. In some cases, affected individuals may also experience weight gain, depression, lethargy, and/or confusion. The exact cause of Dercum?s disease is unknown.

    Organizations related to Dercum's Disease
    • American Chronic Pain Association
      P.O. Box 850
      Rocklin CA 95677
      Phone #: 916-632-0922
      800 #: 800-533-3231
      e-mail: ACPA@Pacbell.net
      Home page: http://www.theacpa.org
    • Dercum's Support
      PO Box 350
      Somis CA 93066
      Phone #: 805-386-3125
      800 #: --
      e-mail: dercumdata@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.dercum.org
    • NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
      Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
      Bethesda MD 20892-3570
      Phone #: 301-654-3810
      800 #: --
      e-mail: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niddk.nih.gov



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html