Wheaton Williams, MD; Joseph J. Drabick, MD; Douglas B. Tang, PhD
To the Editors: In their recent paper, Yarchoan and colleagues (1) observed that most deaths among patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or AIDS-related complex (ARC) receiving zidovudine, occurred in those with fewer than 50 CD4 cells/mm3.
We recently reviewed the outpatient records of HIV-infected patients who were treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and who died between July 1985 and July 1991 to determine whether the rate of decrease in CD4 counts is a patient-specific factor related to individual survival (2). Of the 172 deceased patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) initially identified, 40 cases
Williams W, Drabick JJ, Tang DB. CD4 Counts and HIV-related Deaths. Ann Intern Med. ;116:168–170. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-2-168
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(2):168-170.
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