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Hernia Revisited
Jun 24, 2002

Dear Dr. Dieterich, Thank you for explaining that hernia is not related to muscle wasting. I have another question for you if you don't mind. Since HIV disease symptoms and HAART side-effect include loss of muscle and loss of bone is it known that loss of connective tissues also happens? Thanks very much!

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Good question! There is good data on bone loss and muscle and fat loss. Other connective tissue has not been studied to my knowledge. It would not surprise me that in some way it could be affected. However, most of it grows very slowly and would be less likely to be effected by either HIV or medication. Good study to do! DTD

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