Metabolic Abnormalities and Clinical Lipodystrophy in Children With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: A Report From a Tertiary Care Center in India

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A cross-sectional study from a tertiary care center in India was undertaken to assess and compare the prevalence of blood glucose and lipid profile aberrations in children who received first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART; n = 63) and in children who were naïve to ART (n = 46). Impaired fasting blood glucose values were found in 7 children in ART-experienced group but none in ART-naïve group (P = 0.02). Low concentrations of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were more prevalent in the ART-naïve group compared with ART-experienced group (54.3% vs. 22.2%; P = 0.001). Hypertriglyceridemia was noted in a significant proportion of both ART-naïve (43.5%) and ART-experienced children (39.7%). Incidence of clinical lipodystrophy was 47.7%, and there was no significant association noted between lipid profile abnormalities and lipodystrophy.

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