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The TREAT Program is complete. This website is scheduled to be archived and disabled by July 1, 2020. Please contact with any concerns or questions.

The Specific Disorders We Study


Women without lipedema or Dercum disease are the most important group of women we study.  We cannot find out about lipedema or other fat disorders without a better understanding of women who do not have a fat disorder.  If you do not have a fat disorder, no matter how much fat you do or do not have on your body, we would love to have you participate in research.  Call 520-626-7689 or email to find out how you can participate.


Excess and abnormal SAT typically found on the buttocks, hips, thighs, and lower legs but also on the arms in 80%.

Dercum’s Disease

Lumpy fibrotic subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) occurring anywhere on the body accompanied by symptoms of extreme pain, inflammation, and elevated inflammatory markers.  Signs and symptoms of Dercum's Disease are similar to Fibromyalgia.  Angiolipomas are common in Dercum's disease.

Familial Multiple Lipomatosis with or without Angiolipomatosis

When large lipomas develop in fat tissue they deform the tissue.  Angiolipomas (vascular lipomas) are known to be painful and when accompanied by signs and symptoms such as fatigue, cognitive changes, sleep difficulties, gastrointestinal disorders and other signs and symptoms, is called Dercum's Disease.  

Multiple Symmetric Lipomatosis

Abnormal tissue deposits that occur around the neck, upper arms, thighs, abdomen, and upper buttocks.  Associated with alcohol use but may occur in the absence of alcohol use. 

Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue (SAT) Disorders relationship to Obesity

Learning about SAT disorders could help us better understand the fat in obesity and diabetes.

Exciting New Research is on the Horizon

The TREAT Program has many ongoing research studies.  Please email for more information:

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