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December 19, 1925

ADIPOSIS DOLOROSA (DERCUM'S DISEASE): A CLINICOPATHOLOGIC STUDY

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA; BUFFALO
From the neurologic laboratory and wards of the Philadelphia General Hospital.

JAMA. 1925;85(25):1935-1939. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670250009003
Abstract

In 1892, Dercum1 first gave the name "adiposis dolorosa" to a new clinical entity present in three cases, two of which had come to necropsy. Since that time about 200 reports have been added to the literature. Of these we have been able to find only fifteen that have come to necropsy, and there has been such a great diversity of findings that any additional information gained from necropsy material should be reported. For this reason the following case is presented.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —E. B., a colored widow, aged 50, was admitted to the Philadelphia General Hospital, June 21, 1924, because of a cough, which had been present for one week. As this patient presented extreme obesity, this phase of her case was studied. There had been no cases of obesity in her family so far as she knew. She began to accumulate fat rather gradually in

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