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Revista Española de Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial

On-line version ISSN 2173-9161Print version ISSN 1130-0558


LOPEZ CERES, A. et al. Benign symmetric lipomatosis of the tongue in Madelung’s disease. Rev Esp Cirug Oral y Maxilofac [online]. 2006, vol.28, n.2, pp.114-118. ISSN 2173-9161.

Madelung´s disease, or benign symmetric lipomatosis, is an uncommon disease characterized by non-encapsulated accumulations of fat in a symmetric manner around the neck and shoulders. This uncommon disease predominantly affects men between the ages of 30 and 60 and it has a 15:1 ratio. There is a strong correlation with alcohol abuse. Nonalcoholics and women can also be affected although this is rare. We report the case of a woman diagnosed with Madelung’s disease, who described a gradual swelling of the tongue. She had difficulty swallowing, dysarthria and dyspnea while sleeping.

Keywords : Madelung's disease; Benign symmetric lipomatosis; Macroglossia.

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