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Combination Approaches 'Ideal' In Patients With AIDS Wasting


Reuters Health Information Services (06/08/99)

AIDS-related wasting syndrome remains a serious problem for patients with the disease. A report in the June 3rd Issue of the New England Journal of Medicine outlines a good approach to the syndrome. Physicians managing patients with AIDS- related wasting should conduct a nutritional evaluation; apply specific nutritional supplements when required; limit use of appetite stimulating drugs to patients with weight loss associated with low food intake; check for underlying opportunistic infections, cancer, gastrointestinal disease, and hypogonadism; and use high-dose growth hormones with caution. Researchers note that combination therapies, such as testosterone supplements with exercise, are often most beneficial.


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