Gregg Coodley, MD
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To the Editors: Barry S. Kendler's letter (Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:409-10) suggests that nutritional deficiency, including vitamin deficiency, may play a role in the progression of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
The role of vitamin or nutritional deficiency in affecting the progression of HIV infection is not well established. There are tantalizing clues that low levels of zinc, for example, may serve as a marker for progression of HIV infection (1). Another intriguing study suggested that B6 replacement, in cases of clear deficiency, may raise CD4 counts (2). However, data on the relation between deficiency and disease are still relatively
Coodley G. Nutritional Deficiency and AIDS. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:807. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-10-807_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(10):807.
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