HIV-associated Myositis – Infectious Myopathies

by Roy Strowd, MD

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    00:00 So let's start first with HIV. There are 3 stages that myopathy or a muscle disorder can be seen in the setting of HIV. It can be seen early, myopathy can be seen late and importantly, we can see myopathy associated with treatment for HIV and that's drug-induced myopathy.

    00:20 So let's think about each of these 3 specifically. In this table, we'll walk through each of the early, late, and drug-associated myopathies that we see in patients with HIV. Early HIV myositis is seen at early onset at the time of diagnosis or seroconversion with HIV infection.

    00:39 As you can see here, patients present with proximal weakness and some component of myalgia is often experienced which is different from the other immune-mediated myopathies that are not associated with HIV. Workup reveals an immune response. There is elevated CK. There is inflammation of the muscle in this condition and we see CKs elevated similar to our patient in case here. This is associated often with an immune-mediated neuropathy. And patients present very similar to Guillain-Barre syndrome or like an acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. And again, for our patient in this case we see co-occurring neuropathic symptoms that are suggestive of this co-occurring neuropathy that we can see.

    01:23 And the management is typically with corticosteroids. This is an immune-mediated neuropathy and myopathy that occurs at the time of seroconversion and we want to reduce that immune response. This is tough in a patient who has recently been diagnosed with HIV and we have to balance the benefit of treating this problem with the potential risks of early steroid treatment in these patients. The second type of myopathy that we see with HIV is a late myopathy.

    01:50 This occurs as a late onset occurring condition; years, months, or even decades after the initial diagnosis of HIV. Patients present, as you see here, with associated fatigue, muscle loss, atrophy and occasionally myalgias. Those are uncommon and more typically seen with the early HIV-associated myopathy. There is little to no muscle inflammation. So when we check CK levels, they're typically normal and we don't see that signs of an immune attack on the muscle. The key treatment here is antiretroviral therapy. This myopathy is developed as a result of longstanding and often poorly treated HIV and the key is to get the disease under control with good and aggressive ART or antiretroviral therapy. The last myopathy to associate with HIV is a drug-related or drug-induced HIV associated myositis. And this is seen with selective drugs used to treat HIV in this antiretroviral therapy. Here, we see that the onset can be at any point in time during the disease course but is after initiation of one of these antiretroviral agents. This myopathy is associated with the development of ragged red fibers. That's a muscle biopsy finding that's seen in the muscle. And this is associated with mitochondrial toxicity which we can see with these antiretroviral agents. Patients present with proximal muscle weakness, it's a typical myopathic presentation. There can be elevation in CK because of a little bit of muscle inflammation that can occur as a result of these agents and the treatment of choice is withdrawal of the offending agent and we typically see that this resolves within 3 to 4 months.

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    The lecture HIV-associated Myositis – Infectious Myopathies by Roy Strowd, MD is from the course Acquired Neuromuscular Diseases.

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. Immune-mediated inflammatory reaction
    2. Exacerbated catabolism of the skeletal muscles and adipose tissue
    3. Mitochondrial toxicity
    4. Direct viral invasion of the skeletal muscle cells
    5. Virus-induced genetic mutations
    1. Muscle atrophy
    2. Elevated creatine kinase
    3. Muscle pain and tenderness
    4. Morning stiffness
    5. Peripheral neuropathy

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     Roy Strowd, MD

    Roy Strowd, MD

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