| HAART and Fatty Lumps
Mar 9, 2005
I have been on HAART for many years and doing well (CD4 780, VL 58). I was taking 3TC/Zerit/Viracept for a long time, but switched to 3TC/Ziagen/Sustiva about 2 years ago for a simpler regimen. Over the past couple years, I have developed a couple "fatty lumps", one on my left arm and one on the side of my abdoman above my left hip. I recently developed a small lump under my right pec (about 6 oclock) which my Dr and I are going to have removed and a biopsy just because of it's location (as a precaution). None of the lumps are painful. In your practice, have you seen these fatty lumps develop due to HAART (other than the well known buffalo hump)? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Pierone
Hello and thanks for posting. I have not seen a scientific analysis of the rates of fatty lumps (lipomas) in HIV-infected patients, but anecdotally I think that they are more common, and probably related to HAART. Also, I think that some lipomas that might not otherwise be noticed can become perceptible related to a loss of surrounding subcutaneous fat produced by HIV medications.
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