The successful use of lipectomy in the management of airway obstruction in a woman with HIV-associated lipodystrophy.
Lipodystrophy is a common complication of highly active antiretroviral therapy and is associated with significant comorbidities. Altered fat distribution, particularly lipohypertrophy of the dorsal cervical fat pad is associated with reduced quality of life as well as medical complications. We report the rare case of a patient with airway obstruction secondary to HIV-associated lipodystrophy. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction was successfully performed to relieve her airway obstruction and to facilitate a tracheostomy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first documented case of its kind. We also provide a brief review of the literature on the current management options for HIV-associated lipodystrophy.
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Tsui, E., Bogdasarian, R., & Blomain, E. (2015). The successful use of lipectomy in the management of airway obstruction in a woman with HIV-associated lipodystrophy. BMJ case reports, 2015, bcr2014208053. https://doi.org/10.1136/bcr-2014-208053
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Surgery