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Was AIDS the cause of death?
Feb 2, 2008

A friend of mine who had a CD4 count of 11 a year and a half ago when he finally started treatment just died at 42. He was compliant with all his medications. His VL was undetectable and his CD4 count had come up above 100. He had developed pleural effusions and swelling in his hands and feet in the last month prior to his death. The immediate cause of death was believed to have been from blood clots. He did have fluid removed from the lung but I don't know if the cytology came back before he died. One month prior to this, he had broken his arm. Any thoughts on the possible cause of death? Could it have been related to AIDS? What might have caused the other symptoms of swelling and pleural effusions?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

I don't have enough information to definitively answer the question. It sounds like a lot of nonspecific, but serious signs and symptoms, that could have resulted from multiple kinds of infections, malignancies, among other causes. Was an autopsy done?



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