|MAI - Tell me more
Jul 19, 2000
What is MAI and what can be the effects and outcome?
Response from Dr. Feinberg
MAI stands for Mycobacterium avium intracellulare (more often called MAC for M.a. complex), which is a germ that belongs in the same family as tuberculosis. It causes an infection in AIDS patients that is found in the bloodstream as well as in many organs. It can cause weight loss, night sweats, diarrhea, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged liver & spleen, fatigue and anemia, to name the most common complaints. Untreated it adds to the overall disability that AIDS patients face and can lead to death.
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