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AIDS/HIV symptoms in infants and children
Nov 23, 2001

What are some of the symptoms of AIDS/HIV in infants and children ?

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

Some of the more common symptoms include fevers, thrush, failure-to-thrive, diarrhea, developmental or neurological problems, skin problems (seborrheic dermatitis) and frequent usual (ear infections) or unusual infections. Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia is one of the more common opportunistic infections in infants/children. On physical exam, swollen lymph nodes and enlargement of the liver and spleen are fairly common. Because many of these syptoms and signs may appear early, early diagnosis,antiretroviral treatment, and pneumocystis prophylaxis of HIV infected children is important.


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