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Visceral Adipose Tissue (VAT)

Synonym(s): Intra-Abdominal Fat, Visceral Fat

Fat tissue located deep in the abdomen and around internal organs. Use of certain antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can cause excessive accumulation of visceral adipose tissue (VAT), which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.

Related Term(s): Lipodystrophy Syndrome

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