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Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

A condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.

Although the number of patients with AIDS who require brain biopsy has decreased, the procedure still has merits. The paradigm we developed was useful for selecting patients for early biopsy. Patients with AIDS who also have intracerebral lesions should have toxoplasmosis titers performed, and those whose titers are negative for toxoplasmosis should undergo early brain biopsy 1).

Cryptococcosis is a fungal infection caused by Cryptococcus spp. that enters the body via inhalation, which mainly invades the lungs and central nervous system.

It is particularly important in the era of the HIV/AIDS epidemy.

1)
Rosenow JM, Hirschfeld A. Utility of brain biopsy in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome before and after introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Neurosurgery. 2007 Jul;61(1):130-40; discussion 140-1. PubMed PMID: 17621028.
acquired_immunodeficiency_syndrome.txt · Last modified: 2017/08/22 18:42 by administrador