Madelung's disease: case report and discussion of treatment options.


Madelung's disease was first described in 1846. Since then, approximately 200 patients have been reported in the literature. Its three main characteristics-typical location of the lesions, symmetry, and the diffusive nature of the fat-are more often found in men of Mediterranean descent. A clear association with alcohol abuse is reported, but the etiology remains uncertain. Patients usually complain of their cosmetic appearance, but treatment can be rendered for decreased neck motion and/or aerodigestive problems. Given the benign nature of the lesion, surgical debulking is the treatment of choice, with liposuction reserved for smaller lesions. A standard facelift pattern can be used for skin incisions and removal, with good cosmetic results.


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@article{Adamo2001MadelungsDC, title={Madelung's disease: case report and discussion of treatment options.}, author={Cristina Adamo and Giuseppina Vescio and Marina Battaglia and Giovanni Gallelli and S. Musella}, journal={Annals of plastic surgery}, year={2001}, volume={46 1}, pages={43-5} }