CD4 cell counts used as surrogate test for HIV infection

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.513b (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:513
  1. A S Jack,
  2. S Richards
  1. Consultant Senior clinical scientist Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service, Institute of Pathology, Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds LS1 3EX

    EDITOR,--The Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service in Leeds provides a diagnostic service for patients with suspected haematological malignancy in Yorkshire. Recently, we have become aware of increasing numbers of requests for CD4 cell counts. On further investigation we have found that in most instances these investigations have been requested as a surrogate for serological testing for HIV infection.

    Knowlege of the CD4 cell count is useful …

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