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Fat In The Liver From Haart

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Caring for Your Liver if You Have HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents Liver Basics Symptoms of Liver Damage Tests for Liver Damage The Liver and HIV Liver Disease and Women Caring for Your Liver Taking Care of Yourself Liver Basics Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It is also the largest -- about the size of a football. It is protected from injury behind the lower right section of your ribs. The liver acts as your body's chemical processing...
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Enlarged Liver With Cirrhosis & HAART

Our son-in-law has been HIV+ for about 12 years. He started taking HAART about a year ago. He has since learned that he has an enlarged liver with cirrhosis. He would like to know what precautions he should take to prevent further liver problems,...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Good question! There a lots of problems that the liver can face in HIV patients. Toxicity of the medications is only one. This can be the subject of a whole one hour lecture. However the main things are that he should be checked for hepatitis B and... Read more »


I have newly diagnosed patient with HIV, his past med history showed compensated alcoholic liver dx(he abstained ethanol 2 yrs ago), thrombocytopenia. he was started 2 months ago on 3TC,TENOVOFIR and KALETRA, his CD4 and VL respondede well to...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I sometimes treat through epdisodes of chemical hepatitis triggered by starting potent HAART. It is not clear if there is obvious regimen that would reverse or not aggravate the flare-up of hepatitis this patient has experienced. Even if his HIV... Read more »

help to balance liver enzymes on mega-HAART

I was stable for 2+ years on Viracept & Combivir with a VL 1500-2000 and CD4 750-ish and managed loose stools with metamucil (THANKS FOR THE TIP!) it worked best if I took it even when I didn't need it - i.e. even on the normal daysanyway,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is anecdotal evidence that glutathione and N-acetyl cysteine may be helpful. Check out the book Healing HIV by Jon Kaiser -- it has a good section on vitamin and supplement therapies for liver health. Norvir is especially hard on the liver... Read more »

Fat developed on liver

I have just come back from having an MRI and was told that my liver has a large buildup of "fat". this is beleived to have been cause by my HIV meds. Is there any kinda of med sor natural vitamins or supplements I may take to counter his...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Fatty liver (also called hepatic steatosis) is common in the general population in many western countries. Linkage to specific HIV drugs can be difficult to prove given how common the condition in HIV- persons. Generally, drugs that increase... Read more »
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Pancreatitis from HAART

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
For the last month, I have been battling acute pancreatitis and metastatic hemangiomas brought on by videx, dapsone and norvir in combination. The symptoms are debilitating abdominal pain, fever, and weigh loss. Mine started as a mild stomach ache... Read more »

CDC says HAART is to blaim

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
From 1992 through 2000, we observed a total of 7188
deaths, 4870 (68%) during the pre-HAART period, and 2318 (32%) during the HAART period.

Compared with the pre-HAART period, proportions of deaths with the following conditions Deaths from... Read more »

Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV+

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
Yet more reason to be cautious about use of HAART and to work on liver health by not drinking alcohol, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight.


Liver-Related Deaths More Common Among HIV-Infected Patients After... Read more »

Elevated Liver Function Test After Exposure?

Posted by MiamiLat, 2 Replies
Hello out there. Does anyone have any knowledge on liver function tests? Has anyone had elevated enzymes?
My exposure occurred on 12/05/05 by having unprotected insertive anal sex with an HIV pos partner. I tested NEG at 6 wks via OraQuick, 12 wks/... Read more »