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BRUNO, Lorena et al. HIV-AIDS: Neurological complications of patients treated in a general hospital for adults. Arch. Med Int [online]. 2013, vol.35, n.1, pp.5-8. ISSN 0250-3816.

Abstract: Arch Med Interna 2013 - 35(1):05-08 Neurological complications are common in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). We conducted a descriptive study, to determine the frequency of neurological disease in HIV/AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) in our center, their clinical and developmental profile, and compare the degree of immunosuppression, the length of hospital stay, severity of the condition (estimated income requirement to intensive care unit [ICU]) and mortality between the patients presenting with opportunistic disease (OD) and non-opportunistic disease (NOD). High prevalence of neurological disease (21%) was found, mostly in young people, male, with severe immunosuppression, dominating the AIDS stage. ODs are more frequent and have higher recorded morbidity than NOD. Our population does not record the epidemiological transition seen in the developed world linked to the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART), a fact we attribute to the socio-economic-cultural situation

Keywords : HIV/AIDS; opportunistic disease (OD; non-opportunistic disease (NOD; ART (antiretroviral therapy; epidemiological transition.

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