I have visited Maureen's old Dercum's site many times before but for some reason I hadn't noticed this page earlier:http://dercums_data.tripod.com/infection.html
In it Maureen proposes somekind of a parasitic infection as a cause for Dercum's
. There are some interesting articles linked to the page - all that were new to me.
The first link explores how several parasites that can cause a lesion similar to lipoma
, fibroma or sebaceous cyst. Interesting that a parasite could cause similar lumps!
The sparganum of S. proliferum is pleomorphic, with irregular branches and proliferative buds that detach from the larva and migrate to different tissues in the host, where they repeat the process and invade other organs. The life cycle of S. proliferum is not known.
The second link tells that it is sometimes difficult to separate tapeworm induced cyst in soft tissue from a lipoma:
Cyst in soft tissues may be misinterpreted as common surgical diseases (lipoma, fibroma) as it happens in the ossifluent could abscesses derived from Echinococcosis of osseous structures mimicking slow growing soft masses containing hydatid cysts.
There's a special disease called hydatid disease or echinococcal disease
which is a parasitic disease. In this disease it's quite common that the patient develops multiple cysts. The current treatment includes surgery and chemo.
Remember also that warts are caused by a microbe
- the human papilloma virus to be precise. Warts are also tumors, just not under the skin.
The third link about Deer Lipomatosis
points to nowhere unfortunally, but I was able to find
Abdominal fat necrosis or abdominal lipomatosis, described by Bacon and coworkers,1 is a disease caused by ingestion of a tall fescue forage infected with the endophytic fungus Epichloe typhina.
Say what? Fungus caused lipomatosis to a deer
. Can you state it any clearer than that?
The study even describes the lipomatous growths:
At exploratory laparotomy, large firm white masses were adhered to most of the abdominal organs. The most important necropsy finding included an intensely bright yellow carcass fat and scattered, irregular, abdominal masses of very hard fat. The masses were a deep yellow color with chalky white and orange foci. The diameters of masses varied from 1 to 30 cm.
Sounds familiar enough for me. So would be too far-fetched that if our body surrounds parasites with lumps and lipomatous tissue in these diseases, it would do the same in lipoma related diseases?
I have a gut feeling that all these diseases have a common base: Familial Multiple Lipomatosis, Madelung disease and Dercum's - and most likely other similar conditions too. The causative factor could be somekind of pleomorphic bacteria
. Read the link to fully understand "pleomorphic bacteria"!
BTW an interesting point which popped up from the last study was the fact they knew what some of the deers had been eating because they lived in a zoo:
The diet consisted of forage (Panicum spp. , Pennisetum sp. , Cynodon sp.); carrots, cabbage, and other assorted vegetables; papaya; banana; equine extruded ration; pumpkin; and oats with peel.
The researchers concluded the consumption of the fungus in the grass was the main cause
of dead but they wanted point out factors such as genetic predisposition, obesity, and sex to be likely contributing factors.