Dercum's disease is a rare disorder that causes fatty lumps or lipomas to grow underneath the skin. Doctors sometimes refer to the condition as adiposis delorosa or fatty tissue rheumatism. The disease and its causes are not well-understood, and there is currently no known cure. However, treatments are available that can reduce the severity of the person's symptoms and help improve quality of life.
Although researches do not yet know the exact cause of Dercum's disease, there are several theories. Some believe it is a genetic disorder passed down through families, while others think it is an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue. Other possible causes include the use of corticosteroids or problems with endocrine function.
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