The appearance of this disorder is usually during adolescence. Familial multiple lipomatosis is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. Several disorders are characterized by the development of benign growths (non-cancerous) consisting of adipose tissue (lipomas) including Proteus syndrome, PTEN harmatome syndrome and Gardner's syndrome. . These disorders often have additional symptoms that can distinguish them from Dercum's disease.
The one-hour procedure removed six fat tumors weighing two kilograms (4.4 pounds, or 10 percent of the body weight of the patch). He was soon happy and still hopeful. In January 2007, the Journal of Small Animal Practice reported the liposuction elimination of three giant lipomas from a dog in Leipzig, Germany. The extremely obese patient suffered from arthritis and hind limb lameness, plus irritation caused by armpit lipoma.
Stephen Blake, DVM, of San Diego, California, reports: "I had a case in a no-kill shelter where eight years ago ... old shepherd mix had a lipome almost the size a basketball on his back, hanging on his side. It was so big that the dog had racing problems. I only once treated it with Homoeopathic Thuja 10M and in a month it dissolved. After two months, all that was left was a large bag of skin clinging to the dog's back.
In 2006, a 12-year-old Kelpie-cross named Patch made headlines in Sydney, Australia, for being the first Australian dog to undergo liposuction. Patch had several lipomas, one of which, on his hind paw, was threatening to paralyze him within a few months. Remembering a European veterinarian who performed liposuction on a dog using the suction tool normally used to clean fluids during surgery, an Australian veterinarian suggested to try this approach on Patch.