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Is the CD4 Cell Percentage a Better Marker of Immunosuppression than the Absolute CD4 Cell Count in HIV-Infected Patients with Cirrhosis?

Marco Bongiovanni, Andrea Gori, Alessandro Cozzi Lepri, Andrea Antinori, Andrea de Luca, Gabriella Pagano, Alessandro Chiodera, Massimo Puoti and Antonella d'Arminio Monforte

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 5, pages 650-653
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/520025
Is the CD4 Cell Percentage a Better Marker of Immunosuppression than the Absolute CD4 Cell Count in HIV-Infected Patients with Cirrhosis?

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Recently, it was shown that cirrhotic patients without human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection had low CD4 cell counts and normal CD4 cell percentages, suggesting that, for HIV-infected persons, the CD4 cell percentage might be a more accurate marker of disease progression than the absolute CD4 cell count. In cirrhotic HIV-infected persons in the Italian Cohort of Antiretroviral-Naive Patients, the absolute CD4 cell count seemed to be better predictor of the risk of developing an acquired immunodeficiency syndrome—defining illness than the CD4 cell percentage.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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