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November 1980

Temporal Fat Pad Sign During Corticosteroid Treatment

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Miami (Fla) School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(11):1507-1508. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330220066022

• Hypercortisolism alters the distribution of body fat, causing truncal obesity, moon facies, buffalo hump, and other localized fatty deposits. In a patient with a mixed collagen vascular disease (overlap syndrome), who received high systemic doses of prednisone, prominent painless bitemporal masses developed in association with moon facies. Punch biopsy specimens of the lesion disclosed normal adipose tissue. This unappreciated feature of hypercortisolism is described, and other clinical manifestations of glucocorticoid excess involving fat tissue are reviewed briefly.

(Arch Intern Med 140:1507-1508, 1980)