The "Official" Medical Definition of Dercum's Disease
Most of the definitions of this disease that you find are poor. Here are some common ones:
First identified by Francis X. Dercum, in 1892, Dercum's Disease (also Dercum Disease
or Adiposis Dolorosa) is described several ways in the literature. Here are two:
It doesn't paint a very hopeful picture, does it?
A problem with these definitions is that they were created when the doctor finally realized that the patient had something wrong. Most of the people who end up with this disease do not start off obese!
A form of this disease, which affects the knees, is referred to
It should also be noted that the disease affects men (~16%), nonobese women, and women under 45. The doctors do not have a clue as to the mechanism of the disease!
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