Soft tissue
Adipose tissue
Multiple symmetric lipomatosis

Author: Charanjeet Singh, M.D.

Revised: 30 January 2018, last major update June 2012

Copyright: (c) 2002-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Multiple symmetric lipomatosis

See also: lipomatosis, adiposis dolorosa

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Cite this page: Singh, C. Multiple symmetric lipomatosis. website. Accessed January 24th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Multiple non-encapsulated lipomas with symmetric distribution and sparing of distal arms and legs
  • Also called Madelung’s disease, Launois-Bensaude syndrome, benign symmetric lipomatosis
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Launois-Bensaude's lipomatosis

Two patients with multiple symmetric lipomatosis (MSL)

Gross description
  • Involves subcutaneous and deep soft tissue
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Neck tumor

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Unencapsulated masses of mature adipose tissue
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Resembling well differentiated liposarcoma

Adipose surrounding nerve

Molecular / cytogenetics description
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