European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 249, Issue 5, pp 277–278 | Cite as

Multiple symmetrical lipomatosis in the neck

  • D. G. John
  • H. K. Fung
  • C. A. van Hasselt
  • W. W. K. King
Original Investigations


Multiple symmetrical lipomatosis (Madelung's disease) is a very rare condition that is commonest in countries bordering the Mediterranean. The disease is associated with symmetrical unencapsulated fat deposits over the neck and upper trunk. We present the first reported occurrence in the Chinese. Although lesions can initially mimic a head and neck malignancy, management is essentially symptomatic, with conservative removals done as indicated clinically or for cosmesis.

Key words

Cervical tumors Multiple symmetrical lipomatosis Madelung's disease Chinese 


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© Springer-Verlag 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. John
    • 1
  • H. K. Fung
    • 1
  • C. A. van Hasselt
    • 1
  • W. W. K. King
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Department of SurgeryChinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales HospitalHong Kong

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