Acquired partial lipodystrophy syndrome

Also known as

  • Barraquer-Simons syndrome

An extremely rare form of lipodystrophy and linked to severe metabolic complications.Females are affected more than men and fat loss usually starts during childhood or adolescence and may follow an acute viral infection such as measles. Many disorders are associated with acquired partial lipodystrophy as well as a susceptibility to bacterial infections.

Condition details

Extensive fat loss from upper part of body (face, neck, arms, chest and upper abdomen) causing pain and psychological stress. This disease occurs in childhood and progresses over a year. Sickness, diarrhoea and loss of appetite during onset of disease. There are many serious health problems associated with acquired partial lipodistrophy and some are treated symptomatically. No effective treatment exists and is limited to cosmetic and experimenting with dietary options (intolerance of saturated fats). Highly susceptible to bacterial infections and hernias.

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  • Does not manifest in Baby
  • Does not manifest in Toddler
  • Can manifest in Child 4-10
  • Does not manifest in Child 10-18
  • Does not manifest in Adult


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