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Multiple symmetric lipomatosis: an updated clinical report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6318013     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A systematic survey of 19 male patients with multiple symmetric lipomatosis (MSL) gives evidence for newly delineated and clinically relevant features of the disease. Signs and symptoms of a hitherto unrecognized severe peripheral and autonomic neuropathy were observed in all patients. A mediastinal location of lipomatous tissue was identified by computed tomography in five patients, with clinical evidence of a space-occupying syndrome in four of them. A further deep location of lipomatous tissue below the trapezius muscle, independent of the involvement of the overlying subcutaneous adipose tissue, was demonstrated in seven patients. Alcohol-related abnormalities in liver function tests were present in 10 of 19 patients. The disease is characterized by peculiar metabolic abnormalities, such as marked increase in adipose tissue lipoprotein lipase activity, a plasma hyperalphalipoproteinemia and a specific defect of the adrenergic-stimulated lipolysis in lipomatous tissue. Finally, a red blood cell macrocytosis or overt macrocytic anemia and abnormalities in liver function tests were found in MSL patients, related to elevated alcohol intake. An 8-year follow-up of nine MSL patients demonstrated that peripheral neuropathies and space-occupying mediastinal syndromes represent the most incapacitating, sometimes rapidly progressive, complication of MSL.
G Enzi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine     Volume:  63     ISSN:  0025-7974     ISO Abbreviation:  Medicine (Baltimore)     Publication Date:  1984 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-02-15     Completed Date:  1984-02-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985248R     Medline TA:  Medicine (Baltimore)     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  56-64     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Autonomic Nervous System Diseases / etiology
Blood Glucose / metabolism
Cholesterol / blood
Erythrocyte Count
Glucose Tolerance Test
Lipomatosis / complications,  metabolism*,  radiography
Liver Function Tests
Middle Aged
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / etiology
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Glucose; 57-88-5/Cholesterol

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