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AIDS/HIV AND IMMUNE SYSTEM

Immune System

Important things one should know about AIDS

Here are some of the DISSEMINATED DISEASES that can occur in AIDS 

Infections

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection

CMV is a herpes virus. Clinical disease is usually due to reactivation of latent CMV infection due to severe immunosuppression. Organs usually involved are

  • eyes

  • central nervous system

  • liver

  • gut

  • adrenals

  • mouth

  • lungs

CMV choroidoretinitis can lead to blindness

Adrenal involvement causes

  • lassitude (weariness)

  • postural hypotension {lowering of BP due to change in posture}

  • dehydration

CMV encephalitis usually presents sub acutely with

  • personality change

  • poor concentration

  • headaches

  • insomnia (lack of sleep)

Treatment

CMV infections are usually treated by

  • Antiviral drugs

Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

The main features of tuberculosis in HIV infection are

  • Most cases are due to reactivation

  • TB may precede AIDS in HIV infected individual

  • Extra pulmonary TB in HIV is an AIDS-defining diagnosis

  • Prognosis poor----TB may accelerate HIV disease

  • Threat of multi-drug resistant TB

Treatment

Anti-tuberculosis drugs are used. Prophylaxis with a anti-tuberculosis drug is generally given to prevent relapse.

For prevention of TB - Chemoprophylaxis is recommended.

Atypical Mycobacteria

Mycobacterium avium intracellulare (MAI)

Common features

  • persistent high-grade fever

  • night sweats

  • anemia

  • weight loss

  • malaise (weariness)

  • anorexia (loss of appetite)

  • diarrhea

  • muscle pain

Signs

  • Tender lymphadenopathy. 

  • Hepatomegaly. 

  • Investigation: Chest x-ray and CT scan

Treatment

Antibiotics are generally used in combinations.

Candidiasis

  • Oral

  • Esophageal

Management

Continuous anti-fungal therapy.

Toxoplasmosis - Protozonal Infection

  • Common site of involvement: Brain.

  • Retina (photosensitive layer of eye) may also be involved.

Symptoms and Signs

  • fever

  • lymphadenopathy

  • Headache

  • convulsions

  • cognitive impairment

  • confusion

  • lethargy

  • coma

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