What is the role of nonopportunistic infections in the differential diagnosis of pediatric HIV infection?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Delia M Rivera, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Nonopportunistic infections

Like most children, children with HIV are susceptible to common pathogens. Diseases caused by such pathogens should be high in the list of differential diagnoses for these children. Of course, the particular child's medical history guides the differential diagnosis. For example, chronic lung disease requires special consideration of atypical respiratory pathogens, such as Pseudomonas or Xanthomonas species.


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