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Can my doctor look at patterns of fat loss to diagnose inherited lipodystrophy?

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  • Your doctor may also look for a pattern of fat loss with: Skinfold thickness measurements, checking how much skin he can pinch between his fingers at specific spots on the body
  • A special X-ray that measures bone mineral density
  • A special whole-body MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make pictures showing tissues with fat

From: Inherited Lipodystrophy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NORD Physician Guides: "Lipodystrophy Disorders."

FDA: "FDA approves Myalept to treat rare metabolic disease."

Lipodystrophy United: "About Lipodystrophy."

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: "Lipodystrophy," "Lipodystrophy Therapies."

Genetics Home Reference: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy."

KidsHealth: "Acanthosis Nigricans."

AACE Lipodystrophy Detection Consensus Statement, , January-February 2013. Endocrine Practice

Endocrine Society, Resource Room Slide Series: "Lipodystrophy: Metabolic and Clinical Aspects."

DermNet NZ: "Lipodystrophy."

Orphanet: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Köbberling type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Dunnigan type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy associated with PPARG mutations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 2, 2019

SOURCES:

NORD Physician Guides: "Lipodystrophy Disorders."

FDA: "FDA approves Myalept to treat rare metabolic disease."

Lipodystrophy United: "About Lipodystrophy."

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: "Lipodystrophy," "Lipodystrophy Therapies."

Genetics Home Reference: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy."

KidsHealth: "Acanthosis Nigricans."

AACE Lipodystrophy Detection Consensus Statement, , January-February 2013. Endocrine Practice

Endocrine Society, Resource Room Slide Series: "Lipodystrophy: Metabolic and Clinical Aspects."

DermNet NZ: "Lipodystrophy."

Orphanet: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Köbberling type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Dunnigan type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy associated with PPARG mutations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 2, 2019

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