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Keywords:

  • Lithium;
  • weight gain;
  • fat cell size and number

Total amount of fat, fat cell size, and fat cell number were determined in 33 patients under long-term lithium treatment. The weight gain during the treatment was estimated both by the patients themselves (questionnaire) and from their records. A positive correlation between fat cell number and weight gain was found whereas the fat cell size showed no correlation to weight gain.