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European Journal of Dermatology


A female case of benign symmetric lipomatosis associated with alcoholism Volume 24, numéro 2, March-April 2014


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Department of Dermatology,
The Jikei University School of Medicine,
3-25-8, Nishi-Shinbashi, Minato-ku,
Tokyo, 105-8461,

Benign symmetrical lipomatosis (BSL, Madelung's disease) is a rare disease characterized by a symmetrical accumulation of excessive amounts of adipocytes, predominantly in the neck, upper arms and upper trunk [1]. Although the etiology of BSL is unknown, the disease is associated with alcoholism in 60% to 90% of patients [2]. There is a predominance for males, with a reported male:female ratio ranging from 15:1 to 30:1 [2]. We report a rare female case of benign symmetric lipomatosis.A 46-year-old [...]