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Dermatology Research and Practice
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 941740, 3 pages
Research Article

Cutis Verticis Gyrata in Men Affected by HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

1Department of Dermatology, UCSF School of Medicine, 1701 Divisadero Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA
2Department of Medicine, Endocrinology, UCSF School of Medicine, SFGH Building 30, 1001 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

Received 25 June 2013; Accepted 9 August 2013

Academic Editor: Elizabeth Helen Kemp

Copyright © 2013 Keshav Khanijow et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report the occurrence of cutis verticis gyrata (CVG), a disfiguring dermatological condition, in four patients with HIV-related lipodystrophy (HIVLD). These four patients had abnormal metabolic and hormonal lab values which we compare with metabolic and hormonal perturbations cited in previous HIVLD cohorts. In addition, we describe the sole use of poly-L-lactic acid as a potential treatment for decreasing the appearance of CVG-associated ridges.