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Hiv And Pancreas Infection

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Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

... Blood sugar (glucose) Your body uses glucose for energy. High glucose levels (hyperglycemia) canbe a sign of diabetes or insulin resistance (when the body does not respond toinsulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas to help control glucose levels).High glucose levels can be a side effect of HIV drugs. Your health careprovider can monitor your levels through glucose tests. For the most accurateresults, it's best to check...
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Pancratitis and HIV??

I am HIV positive and have had pancratitis. I stopped drinking and am wondering if the pancreas heals itself? The excruciating pain in my stomach and back are gone and I feel much better. Will it cime back?? Thanks LJS.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...Pancreatitis can be triggered by alcohol. Though the pancreas can hela itself it may remain more vulnerable to future bouts of pancreatitis. Once a person has had pancreatitis they may be Read more »

HIV positive and pancreas cancern-- Help

I have a dilemma and I need your help. I went to see my doctor for hematuria and abdominal pain. An ultrasound that showed that I had a large mass near my pancreas. I went to the emergency room with chills and abdominal pain on April 16. I was...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Your story is actually not all that unusual. Pancreatic tumors are particulary hard to diagnose in that the tumors are often enshrouded in inflammatory tissue/scar tissue. The Armed Read more »

Husbands new meds

My husband has been on many different hiv drugs over the years. When I met him he was on combivir, viracept and sustiva. They found those were no longer working and put him on kaletra, viread and didanosine. After being on those meds for a couple...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...His current regimen has not been linked to a clear increase in pancreatitis though once the pancreas has been irritated a range of factors can cause flare-ups (such as high triglycerides partly due to some HIV regimen or HIV infection Read more »

Long term effects of therapy for HIV

Recently my husband went to the ER for kidney stones (none were found) and after tests, he was admitted for pancreatitis. The following morning, our HIV specialist saw that my husband had been admitted and after reviewing the report discharged him....
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...response of the body to the virus. In later disease, the spleen may be enlarged as part of the ongoing immune response. The pancreas is generally not affected or enalrged as a result of HIV disease. Also, there is no condition of chronic... Read more »

An Overview of Truvada (Tenofovir/FTC)

...and unusual tiredness or weakness. Other serious side effects of this medicine include kidney failure; severe disease of the pancreas; vomiting, abdominal pain, decreased appetite, or weight loss; general feeling of discomfort; muscle pain or... Read more »

An Overview of Norvir (Ritonavir)

...Side Effects Along with its desired effects, ritonavir can cause some unwanted effects, including severe inflammation of the pancreas. Serious side effects related to this symptom include severe stomach pain, nausea, or vomiting. Other serious... Read more »

An Overview of Combivir (AZT/3TC)

...years old should not take lamivudine/zidovudine. Individuals who have blood disease, kidney or liver disease, or an inflamed pancreas should tell a doctor before using this medicine. Possible Side Effects Along with its desired effects,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...Intravenous pentamidine may also cause several serious side effects, including: Very high or low blood sugar Problems with the pancreas, liver or kidneys High levels of potassium in the blood Irregular heart rhythm Report any side effects... Read more »
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Posted by jiffyp20, 5 Replies
...Hi everyone,been laying low since I found out I'm HIV+ I'm not on any HIV meds yet, just thyroid and zoloft but I feel like crap all of the time. No matter what I do, how much Read more »

veterans vs. newbies...let the fists fly.....

Posted by Lovinlife, 2 Replies
...then somebody tries to throw in a neutral post to the effect that the veterans really have all the info. But--here's a thought--HIV has changed quite a bit since 1984. Those diagnosed more recently will have a much different experience with the... Read more »

Liver cancer, heart disease, counts, resistance

Posted by ScotCharles, 3 Replies
...and drink more than the HIV- population, so that may explain the correlation as well. Smoking and drinking damage the liver, pancreas, and heart. Lung cancer is more prevalent in the HIV+ population than in the HIV- population, perhaps caused by... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply or white blood cells, especially when taken in the later stages of the disease. Some may also cause inflammation of the pancreas and painful nerve damage. There have been reports of complications and other severe reactions, including death,... Read more »