Fat redistribution syndrome
- AKA HIV lipodystrophy syndrome
- Significant number of AIDS patients on HAART develop characteristic changes in body fat redistribution.
- Features include:
- Hypertrophy in the neck fat pad (buffalo hump)
- Increased fat in the abdominal region (protease paunch)
- Loss of fat in the midface and extremities.
- Biochemically, these patients have increased triglycerides, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, and extremely low high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol.
- If left untreated, these patients develop and die of complications of metabolic origin such as cardiovascular diseases or diabetes. Biochemical features manifest before the clinical pictures become apparent.
 Imaging Findings
Patient #1: HIV patient developed fat redistribrution syndrome while on HAART
 See Also
 External Links
- K Ihenetu, S Levinson, A Huang, JJ Miller. HIV Lipodystrophy Syndrome: A Case and Review. Journal of Clinical Ligand Assay, 2006