Effect of human immunodeficiency virus infection on the growth of young children. Duke Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Unit

J Pediatr. 1993 Oct;123(4):579-82. doi: 10.1016/s0022-3476(05)80955-2.


We retrospectively analyzed the growth of 170 children less than 25 1/2 months of age who were referred for evaluation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody status. By the age of 4 months, the 62 HIV-infected children were significantly smaller than the 108 uninfected children in both weight-for-age and length-for-age measurements; linear growth and weight gain were proportionally decreased.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / complications*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Child Development
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Growth Disorders / epidemiology
  • Growth Disorders / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Reference Values
  • Retrospective Studies