Definitions for "Lipodystrophy"
A disturbance in the way the body produces, uses, and distributes fat. Lipodystrophy is also referred to as "buffalo hump," or "protease paunch." In HIV disease, lipodystrophy has come to refer to a group of symptoms that seem to be related to the use of all HIV drugs. How HIV drugs may cause or trigger lipodystrophy is not yet known. Lipodystrophy symptoms involve the loss of the thin layer of fat under the skin, making veins seem to protrude; wasting of the face and limbs; and the accumulation of fat on the abdomen (both under the skin and within the abdominal cavity) or between the shoulder blades. Women may also experience narrowing of the hips and enlargement of the breasts.
the umbrella term for pronounced loss or gain of body and blood fat that mostly afflicts HIV patients and people with rare inherited disorders.
changes in body shape typically characterized by loss of fatty tissue in the limbs and face and redistribution of fat to the trunk, abdomen or back of the neck.
Lumps or small dents in the skin that form when a person keeps injecting the needle in the same spot. Lipodystrophies are harmless. People who want to avoid them can do so by changing (rotating) the places where they inject their insulin. Using purified insulins may also help