Hematopathology blood smears: reactive lymphocytes 2 to 3 years after infection
Mar 15, 2004
I know from what you have written before that reactive lymphocytes on a blood smear are a nonspecific finding of usually viral infections.
But, would all HIV positive patients have reactive lymphocytes in a blood smear for years after infection? Could you also please give a few examples (besides Hepatitises) of infectious diseases that would show reactive lymphocytes on a smear 2 to 3 years after infection?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
This has not been well quantified in terms of duration in people. Infections, cancers, autoimmune diseases, allergic reactions have all been reported to exhibit reactive lymphocytes.
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