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.