Lipedema, also known as “painful fat syndrome,” is a chronic disease occurring primarily in women, characterized by bilateral, symmetrical fatty tissue excess in the hips and upper and lower legs, combined with a tendency for leg swelling that worsens with standing.
Dercum's disease is a rare disorder characterized by multiple, painful growths consisting of fatty tissue (lipomas). Pain may be caused by the lipomas pressing on nearby nerves. Dercum's disease mainly occurs in adults and more women are affected than men.
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