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4.3.10 – Endocrine disorders

Although children with HIV often present with failure to thrive and poor growth, this is seldom as a direct result of endocrine disorders.15

Potential causes of these impairments and rehabilitation interventions are shown in the table below.

Table 4.3.10: Clinical Aspects of Endocrine Disorders

Impairments Possible etiologies Rehabilitation Interventions
Poor growth

Secondary infection of endocrine glands


Protease inhibitors

  • Regular growth monitoring and appropriate referral to a doctor

15Dreimane D and Geffner M. 2005. Endocrine Disorders. In: Textbook of Pediatric HIV Care. Edited by Zeichner S and Read J. Cambridge