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A buffalo hump is a term used to describe a particular appearance of patients with hypercortisolism - ie Cushing's syndrome. It describes the deposition of fat at the top of the back, where, in a buffalo, there is a characteristic hump.

It is not a term which should be used in front of patients, since it is easily misconstrued as a term of abuse.

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