a1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Royal National Throat, Nose, and Ear Hospital, Gray's Inn Road, London, UK.
Dercum's disease (adiposis dolorosa) is a rare condition characterized by progressively painful fatty deposits, usually, in menopausal women with obesity, asthenia and mental phenomena. We report a case of a 48-year-old woman with recurrent neck swelling and pain in the neck and parotid region, and a review of management of this uncommon problem.
(Accepted November 16 1998)
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