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Liposuction for Buffalo Hump
Jul 12, 1999

Have been off PIs for three months. Am on Sustiva now. Hump on my back is not decreasing. Is liposuction an alternative?It sure is cheaper than serosotim.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Buffalo humps have been successfully removed with liposuction. If you are still on PI's though they may grow right back. It is not without risk to have liposuction, but if the HIV is otherwise stable, then the risk should be no greater than anyone else getting lipsuction. You are right serostim is expensive,but the risks are probably less than liposuction. Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

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