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Difference between lipatrophy and lipodystrophy
Nov 2, 2003

Hi Dr. Conway:

Is there a clear difference between lipatrophy and lipodystrophy?

Response from Dr. Conway

Lipodystrophy is a generic term to describe changes in body composition that can sometimes occur in people infected with HIV. Lipoatrophy specifically refers to a loss in subcutaneous fat that can occur, usually in the face and limbs. It is unclear if the causes of all the form of lipodystrophy are the same, or if they will develop at the same rates and with the same manifestations in all people.



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