Dercum disease: A condition characterized by painful fatty tumors (lipomas) beneath the skin. The diseases tends to be associated with obesity and is about 5 times more frequent in females than in males. Onset of symptoms is generally in middle age. The fatty tumors are most often located on the trunk and limbs with sparing of the face and hands Also called adiposis dolorosa. Named for the Philadelphia neurologist Francis X. Dercum (1856-1931).
A surgical procedure that involves the controlled scraping away of the upper layers of the skin by using sandpaper or some other mechanical means. The purpose of dermabrasion is to smooth the skin and, in the process, remove small scars (as from acne), moles (nevi), tattoos, or fine wrinkles. Dermabrasion is performed by a dermatologist. […]
dermal: Suffix indicating a relationship to the skin. As in ectodermal, endodermal, and mesodermal; epidermal; and an intradermal injection. From the Greek word derma for skin.
- Dermatan sulfate
Dermatan sulfate: An glycosaminoglycan (formerly called a mucopolysaccharide) found mostly in skin but also in blood vessels, the heart valves, tendons, and the lungs. Dermatan sulfate accumulates abnormally in several of the mucopolysaccharidosis disorders.
Inflammation of the skin, either due to an inherent skin defect, direct contact with an irritating substance, or to an allergic reaction. Symptoms of dermatitis include redness, itching, and in some cases blistering. Eczema can be particularly severe and difficult to treat once it is established. Treatment is two-fold. People who suffer from dermatitis must […]
- Dermatitis and diarrhea, zinc deficiency
Dermatitis and diarrhea, zinc deficiency: Among the consequences of zinc deficiency, dermatitis (skin inflammation) and diarrhea are particularly prominent features. A genetic disease called acrodermatitis enteropathica in which there is impaired zinc uptake from the intestine is, in fact, characterized by the simultaneous presence of dermatitis (skin inflammation) and diarrhea. The skin on the cheeks, […]