|CD4/8 test differences?
Jan 6, 2007
I was recently diagnosed HIV+ after having been suspected of having lymphoma. I've gotten a significant runaround from doctor to doctor on which issues need to be dealt with and when. The lab results which I'm looking at are titled "lymphoma/leuk immuno" and were obviously run based on the assumption that I had lymphoma. It lists (among many other things):
CD4 Helper T: 25* (low) CD8 Supprs T: 64* (high)
My HIV doctor was obviously extremely concerned about this CD4 level (AIDS level). But in my research throughout the net I'm finding that a "normal" CD8 (yes CD8 in this case) count is about 600 to 1600. So why does this test say my count is 68 and HIGH when "normal" is ~1000? Would tests for different conditions achieve different measurements while measuring the same thing? If that is the case would that mean that the CD4 is also misleadingly low? Am I misinterpreting these results? Could this be a matter of reporting the number in a measurement other than milliliters (or mm3)? Could you please give me some sort of explanation of this?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Those number look more like percentages and not absolute numbers.
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