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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-25

Estimation of serum ferrium in HIV/AIDS patients

Department of Skin and STD, Vinayaka Mission College, GMKMCH, Salem, India

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Jeyakumar Williams
4/169, Immanuel Cottage, Thasildhar Nagar, Madurai - 625 020
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7184.35707

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Serum iron was estimated in 105 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients, 20 HIV-negative sexually transmitted disease (STD) patients and 25 voluntary healthy controls. Twenty-two clinical AIDS patients, 8 immunological AIDS patients, 2 HIV seropositive and 8 non-HIV STD controls had serum iron <60 mg/dl (Hb: <10 gm). Two clinical AIDS patients and two non-HIV STD controls showed serum iron level >161 g/dl (Hb: 12-14 gm). Anemia was prevalent in AIDS cases, and the study of survival period may be unfolded in follow-up. Bone marrow biopsy could not be performed to identify the suppression of hemopoiesis in 4 patients, who showed >161 mg/dl of serum iron. Study of iron supplementation and long-term follow-up are necessary to unfold the risks and benefits of iron supplementation in HIV/AIDS patients.

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