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"normal" range

Feb 27, 2004

Hi Doctor:

What is the range considered "normal" for T cells? What is difference between count and percentage and which is the more significant value in assessing health? Do T cell numbers greatly fluctuate in people. whether they are infected with HIV or not? Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The normal range is about 500-1500 or a percentage of 30-50%. The absolute count is used to assess immunologic risk of progression and developing opportunistic infections. T cells can fluctuate based on time of day, other ongoing infections, different labs and assays, among other issues, regardless of HIV status.

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