The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Buffalo Hump can it be made smaller by any means?
Jun 1, 2003

Are there any exercises,therapies,massages that can lessen the size of a buffalo hump?

Response from Dr. Young

The therapies to reduce cervical adiposity ("buffalo hump") are few and difficult.

Some have suggested that stopping protease inhibitor therapy would help (based on the idea that PIs caused the humps)-- this has not shown any benefit in any studies that I'm aware of; there are reports of persons that have had benefit from stopping all therapy.

There are reports about vigourous exercise reducing central and cervical fat accumulation-- not successful in most, but the reports are dramatic.

We have had some persons with severe cases of cervical adiposity who have resulted in having surgical resection of the lesions-- this is not liposuction, but rather the surgical removal of the enlarged region. The surgery has resulted in reduction in size, but we and others have noted the gradual return of the fat, even in the absence of HIV therapy.

Overall, this remains a very difficult and stigmatizing lesion; treatments are frankly not very good yet. BY

Can you explain these results Please?
Scared I'm taking meds improperly

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint