Explaining Familial Lipomatosis
What is Familial Lipomatosis?
Familial lipomatosis is a rare genetic condition characterised by multiple benign fatty tumours (lipomas) that grow under the skin. It is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, meaning that a person only needs one affected parent to inherit the condition. Symptoms typically appear in early adulthood and may include multiple, soft, and compressible tumours on various parts of the body. Treatment options are limited to surgical removal of the affected tissues. Contact us
What is the treatment for Familial Lipomatosis?
The treatment for familial lipomatosis involves surgery. Doctors can remove one or many lipomas in a single procedure. Liposuction may be used for smaller lipomas. Treatment aims to relieve symptoms and improve appearance. Lipomas are not cancerous and do not pose a threat to health. After surgery, lipomas may return, so patients may need to have regular check-ups with their doctor.
Does diet affect lipoma growth?
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that diet directly affects the growth of lipomas in people with familial lipomatosis or in those with isolated lipomas. However, maintaining a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight may be beneficial for overall health and may reduce the risk of developing additional lipomas. Some experts suggest that reducing the intake of processed and high-fat foods and increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables may be helpful, but this has not been scientifically established. It is always best to talk to a doctor or a dietitian for personalised advice.
Is metabolic disease associated with multiple lipoma growths?
Metabolic diseases, like diabetes and lipid disorders, do not cause multiple lipoma growths. Lipomas are benign tumors of fat cells under the skin, and are not linked to metabolic or hormonal imbalances. The only known cause of multiple lipomas is a rare genetic condition called familial lipomatosis. However, it is crucial to manage metabolic diseases with proper diet, exercise, and medication as prescribed by a doctor for overall health.
What is Dercum’s disease?
Dercum’s disease, or adiposis dolorosa, is a rare condition where multiple, painful fat deposits, called lipomas, form under the skin. The lipomas grow slowly, are usually soft, and can appear on various body parts, including the arms, legs, abdomen, and hips. Other symptoms of Dercum’s disease include fatigue, weakness, and movement difficulties. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, but it is believed to be linked to hormonal imbalances, immune system changes, or a genetic predisposition. Treatment options are limited and may include pain management, physical therapy, or surgical removal of affected tissues.
How big can a lipoma grow?
The size of a lipoma can vary, but they typically grow slowly and reach a size of 1-3 cm in diameter. Some lipomas can grow larger, up to several centimetres in diameter or even larger in some cases, but this is uncommon. Lipomas are usually soft and compressible, and feel like a rubbery bump under the skin. They typically grow slowly over a period of months to years and do not usually cause any health problems. However, if a lipoma is causing discomfort, impeding movement, or changing in size or shape, it is important to consult a doctor for evaluation and treatment.
What is a liposarcoma?
Liposarcoma is a rare cancer that develops in fat cells and is a type of sarcoma. It accounts for less than 1% of all cancers and typically occurs in the deep soft tissues of the body, such as the thigh, abdomen, or back. Symptoms may include a painless mass, swelling, and redness. Treatment involves surgical removal of the affected tissue, followed by radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for optimal outcomes.