Dercum's Disease

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Adiposis Dolorosa
  • Juxta-Articular Adiposis Dolorosa
  • Fatty Tissue Rheumatism
  • Lipomatosis Dolorosa Morbus Dercum’s

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

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.
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Resources

American Chronic Pain Association
P.O. Box 850
Rocklin, CA 95677
USA
Tel: (916)632-0922
Fax: (916)632-3208
Tel: (800)533-3231
Email: ACPA@pacbell.net
Internet: http://www.theacpa.org

NIH/National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Endocrine Diseases Metabolic Diseases Branch
2 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3570
Tel: (301)654-3810
Fax: (301)496-7422
Email: NDDIC@info.niddk.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niddk.nih.gov

Dercum's Support
PO Box 350
Somis, CA 93066
Tel: (805)386-3125
Email: dercumdata@aol.com
Internet: http://www.dercum.org

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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