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Partial lipodystrophy in coeliac disease.
  1. D O'Mahony,
  2. S O'Mahony,
  3. M J Whelton,
  4. J McKiernan
  1. Department of Gastroenterology, Cork Regional Hospital, Wilton, Ireland.


    The association of coeliac disease and partial lipodystrophy is described. The patient also had deficiencies of serum IgA and C3 complement (the latter associated with partial lipodystrophy). In addition, there was subclinical dermatitis herpetiformis confirmed by skin biopsy. The facial wasting of fully developed partial lipodystrophy may be misinterpreted as a sign of malabsorption but the facial, upper limb, and truncal lipodystrophy contrasts with normal pelvic and lower limb appearances.

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