Current perspectives on the management and prevention of antiretroviral-associated lipoatrophy

Courtyard Clinic, St George's Hospital NHS Trust, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, London SW17 0QT, UK.
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (Impact Factor: 5.31). 09/2008; 62(5):866-71. DOI: 10.1093/jac/dkn318
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Lipoatrophy (LA) is a common and now well-recognized complication of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Over the
last decade as knowledge of the mechanisms behind LA has developed, several antiretroviral drugs, in particular, have emerged
as the likely agents responsible for this complication. This has been supported by studies comparing alternative HAART regimens
and by those in which HAART regimens have been modified with a resulting impact on LA. In this article, we review the evidence
underlying the current perspectives on the development of LA and the strategies employed to manage or avoid it.

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