May 29, 2002
Dear Dr. Dieterich, I am interested in knowing if HIV/AIDS muscle wasting can precipitate a hernia and if using anabolic agents could ward this off. Thanks!
Response from Dr. Dieterich
Good question. Hernias are caused by a weakness in the wall of the abdomen. They are not related to muscle strength. Therefore anabolics will not help. You need to see a surgeon about this hernia. Good luck! DTD
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