BARBARA ROMANOWSKI, M.D.; JONATHAN WEBER, M.B.
To the editor: The recent emergence of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and attempts to identify simple screening tests have prompted suggestions for investigating asymptomatic patients at high risk. Possible screening tests include a full blood count with differential, to assess total lymphocyte numbers; estimation of T-lymphocyte subsets; qualitative assessment of lymphocyte function by proliferative studies; in-vivo testing of cutaneous delayed-type hypersensitivity; and various serum markers, particularly acid-labile interferon and beta-2 microglobulin. None of these tests are specific for the syndrome and many are expensive and time consuming.
Candidal infection is almost universal in patients with the syndrome and in many
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ROMANOWSKI B, WEBER J. Oral Candidiasis and the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:400-401. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-3-400_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(3):400-401.
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