Lipogranulomatosis

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Lipogranulomatosis is a rare condition characterized by bumps on the skin and mucosal linings filled with yellow liquid. The formation of these bumps is caused by problems breaking down lipids in the body due to the absence of an enzyme called ceramidase. As a result, the skin of individuals with this condition is often inflamed due to these bumps. Symptoms vary depending on the number and location of the bumps. Areas that are most commonly affected by the bumps are the joints, liver, throat, tissues and central nervous system. Doctors diagnose this condition early, since the symptoms are apparent. Due to the variety of symptoms, treatment is given on a case-by-case basis and depends on the needs of the patient. Doctors often provide analgesic (pain) medication to relieve an individual’s pain. In severe cases, doctors may suggest some individuals to undergo a bone marrow transplant to help reduce inflammation of the various tissues.

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