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The Body Covers: The XIII International AIDS Conference
The Cost of Managing Abnormal Fat Distribution and Metabolic Abnormalities in France

July 12, 2000

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  • The cost of managing abnormal fat distribution and metabolic abnormalities in France (Poster, WePeB4251)
    Authored by A. Richter, S. Denett, J. Jordan, J. Doherty, S. Mahajan (United States)


Dennett, et al., from Glaxo Wellcome reported on an "expert panel" of 47 French physicians who among other things were not able to reach a consensus on the "exact definition" of abnormal fat distribution and metabolic abnormalities. They did agree that just under half of patients on protease inhibitor (PI) therapy and 15% on other antiretroviral therapy experience symptoms of these conditions. Exercise, dietary modifications and changes to the antiretroviral therapy regimen were generally recommended. Other interventions ranged from lipid-lowering drugs to growth hormone, liposuction or plastic surgery. They calculated the cost of added monitoring and intervention and found it significant (but greatly speculative). The authors concluded that, "there is currently a lack of effective therapeutic options to treat patients with fat maldistribution and metabolic abnormalities."

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

See Also
An HIVer's Guide to Metabolic Complications
More Research on Lipodystrophy and Other Metabolic Complications
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