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Cryptococcal antigen screening recommended for HIV patients with low CD4 counts

May 6, 2015

Patients hospitalized with HIV and low CD4 counts should receive routine cryptococcal antigen testing, according to recent data presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.

Researchers reviewed the medical records of 5,461 adult patients with HIV hospitalized in the infectious diseases department of the Vivantes Auguste-Viktoria Klinikum in Berlin from March 2005 through February 2014. Results of serum cryptococcal antigen (CRAG) testing were compared among patients with varying CD4 cell counts and the presence of pneumocystis pneumonia.

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