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Children of HIV infected mothers have heart damage, says report

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1544
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. Nebraska

    Infants born to mothers infected with HIV sustain cardiac damage regardless of whether they contract the viral infection, a new study has found. However, although the defects tend to normalise in uninfected children, clinical follow up is still warranted, the authors conclude.

    The researchers assessed heart structure and function by echocardiography in 600 newborns of HIV infected mothers and monitored the children every four to six months for up to five years. Ninety three infants had HIV and 463 infants were born uninfected. A control cohort of 195 healthy infants born to uninfected mothers was used for comparison.

    Overall, …

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