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

Managing Side Effects of HIV TreatmentManaging Side Effects of HIV Treatment
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Feb 18, 2009

Greetings- I've been diagnosed for just over a year; I was just told by my Dr. that I have AVN. Could this be caused by my anti-virals or was it the steroids I was on when I had PCP. ( I was on pregnazone for aprrox 2 months) I currenty have AVN in both hips, should I also be checking other areas of concerns via mri's to be proactive?- thank you for your time! regards- Tim

Response from Dr. Henry

Avascular necrosis of the hip appears to be more common in HIV+ persons with use of corticosteroids, high lipid values, ? anabolic steroids, liver disease, alcohol abuse, diabetes, Cushing's disease, transplantation, high reb blood cell counts, sickle cell disease and other conditions contributing. No clear linkage to any of the newer HIV regimens has been established. Corticosteroids consistently are noted as a major risk factor in different patient populations. I have had a half dozen patients develop that condition on a variety of regimens. They have generally down well with surgery though the rehab is challenging. KH

Kaletra and Diarrhea
When to Switch Meds?

  • 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