What is palumboism?
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Palumboism is a rare form of obesity in which the individual has excessive fat accumulation, which obliterates organs leading to severe malnutrition and eventually death.
The name comes from Dr. Giovanni Palumbo, who first described this condition in 1932. The patient was an obese adult man with abdominal bloating and ascites (fluid accumulating within the abdomen). He had no symptoms or signs of liver disease or any other diagnosis besides hematinic malnutrition developing slowly for years. The abdomen appeared large but soft on examination, with no tenderness; breast examination revealed nothing abnormal. Upon autopsy his blotted-out body left behind only 18 pounds of protein!