Madelung disease

Case contributed by Dr Mahmoud Yacout Alabd


Neck swelling

Patient Data

Age: 43
Gender: Male

Bilateral non capsulated extensive subcuatnous fatty deposition at the neck involving anterior, posterior triangles more on RT side and back of the neck. It exends deep to sternomastoid muscles on both sides.  Bilateral partotid involvement is also present. No abnormal soft tissue masses within could be seen.


Case Discussion

Madelung disease is a benign self limited condition with no definite known etiology, however it is suspected to be associated with high alcohol intake. Typically it consists of non encapsulated extensive subcutaneous fatty deposition  at the neck region, infiltrating deeply to the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius muscles and salivary glands. 

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Case information

rID: 41034
Published: 12th Nov 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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