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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
MRI Can Quantify Body Composition Changes in HIV Patients

June 9, 1999
Reuters Health Information Services (06/08/99)

A report published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition associates truncal enlargement in HIV patients with significant increases in visceral adipose tissue. Investigators used magnetic resonance imaging and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry in their examinations. The researchers note that visceral adiposity syndrome is linked to higher CD4 lymphocyte counts and lower plasma HIV viral loads. Furthermore, they added that visceral adiposity syndrome is not only related to protease inhibitor therapy.