A surgical view on the treatment of Madelung's disease

N Sharma, David James Hunter-Smith, Alexandra Rizzitelli, Warren M Rozen

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Benign symmetrical lipomatosis (Madelung's disease) is a rare condition of unclear aetiology characterized by numerous, unencapsulated lipomatous deposits. The only effective treatment is by surgical intervention; however, there is no consensus in the optimal approach. We present the case of a patient who required staged, multi-modality treatment to achieve disease quiescence. The case highlights the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging as a tool for assessment as well as preoperative planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-290
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Obesity
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015


  • Benign
  • lipomatosis
  • Madelung's disease
  • MRI

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