Dercum's Disease or Syndrome is a rare condition characterized by scattered areas of painful skin nodules or fat accumulations. The development of nodular, tender lipomas is gradual with localization largely on the trunk and limbs with sparing of the face and hands.
Although Dercum's is usually not considered a fatal disease, it can progress to involve sensitive organs like the heart (causing cardiovascular disease, such as valve problems, cardiomyopathy, etc.), and in time this could be a real problem.
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