Spectrum of cerebrospinal fluid findings in various stages of human immunodeficiency virus infection

Douglas W. Marshall, Robin L. Brey, William T. Cahill, Richard W. Houk, Robert A. Zajac, Richard N. Boswell

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This report summarizes the results of neurologic and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) study findings in over 400 of the 649 human immunodeficiency virus-infected US Air Force personnel, evaluated as of Dec 31, 1987. Eighty percent of these patients were entirely asymptomatic and immunologically normal, 13% had low T-helper lymphocyte counts and/or cutaneous anergy, and only 7% had opportunistic infection. Sixty-three percent of all patients had some CSF abnormality. Sixty percent of the asymptomatic group had at least one abnormal result, over 25% had three or four CSF abnormalities, and over 7% had five or six abnormal values. When patients with evidence of blood-brain barrier leak were excluded, significant differences were seen between disease groups with regard to CSF glucose, CSF IgG levels, and CSF IgG synthesis. No human immunodeficiency virus-related central nervous system abnormalities were found on neurologic examination in immunologically intact asymptomatic patients regardless of CSF findings. No clear-cut predictor of impending central nervous system complications has, as yet, been identified from the CSF parameters studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)954-958
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Neurology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1988

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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