Multiple symmetric lipomatosis

What is Multiple symmetric lipomatosis?

A rare subcutaneous tissue disease characterized by growth of symmetric non-encapsulated masses of adipose tissue mostly around the face and neck, with variable clinical repercussions (e.g. reduced neck mobility, compression of respiratory structures).

Other condition names

  • Cephalothoracic lipodystrophy
  • Familial benign cervical lipomatosis
  • Launois-Bensaude lipomatosis
  • Madelung disease

Inheritance type

Autosomal dominant, Autosomal recessive, Mitochondrial inheritance, Not applicable


  • Worldwide: Unknown

Age of Onset

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Childhood
  • Elderly
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