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Kaku Igaku. 1998 Mar;35(3):153-8.

[Nuclear medicine applications in HIV/AIDS].

[Article in Japanese]

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Department of Radiology, National Defense Medical College.


Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is now believed to be an uncurable disease despite significant advances in the area of antiretroviral therapy for patients with HIV infection. In Japan, it is essential to realize AIDS-defining diseases, particularly because it is not until HIV-infected patients are found that AIDS manifestations develop. Some of the opportunistic infections and AIDS-related tumors are curable by earlier diagnosis and treatment, so that nuclear medicine plays the major role in diagnosing and monitoring AIDS-defining diseases. AIDS complications were correlated with CD4+ lymphocyte counts and utility of nuclear medicine in HIV/AIDS was stressed.

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