HIV-associated adipose redistribution syndrome (HARS): definition, epidemiology and clinical impact


A segment of the HIV infected population develops abnormal and excessive accumulation of adipose tissue in the trunk, including accumulation of visceral (deep abdominal) adipose tissue. This condition, known as HIV-related adipose redistribution syndrome (HARS), may also be accompanied by fat accumulation in the upper back/neck (dorsocervical region) and/or depletion of subcutaneous adipose tissue from the abdomen, face, limbs, or buttocks. HARS is estimated to occur in up to 32% of patients and is associated with health risks similar to those of metabolic syndrome. Techniques to detect and measure HARS include physician and patient assessments and radiologic or anthropometric methods.

DOI: 10.1186/1742-6405-4-16

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@article{Lichtenstein2007HIVassociatedAR, title={HIV-associated adipose redistribution syndrome (HARS): definition, epidemiology and clinical impact}, author={Kenneth Lichtenstein and Ashok Balasubramanyam and Rajagopal Sekhar and Eric Freedland}, journal={AIDS Research and Therapy}, year={2007}, volume={4}, pages={16 - 16} }