What is the role of CD4 T-cell percentage in the management of HIV in children under five years of age?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In children under five years of age, the CD4 T-cell percentage is considered more important than the absolute count. (Less than 25% is considered worthy of starting therapy, regardless of the total CD4 count). In adults with chronic hepatitis C and low absolute CD4 T-cells, the CD4 percentage may also be more useful, due to probable T-cell sequestration in the liver. [4]


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