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CD8 and CD8%
Nov 22, 2009

I have never understood the cd8 number and what the percentage means. Can you answer generally what they are used for and why they are valuable? If you could comment specifically on my latest lab numbers that would be great.

% CD3 86% Out of range Absolute CD3+ Cells 3041 %CD4 (Helper Cells) 36 Absolute CD4+Cells 1295 %CD8 (Suppressor TCells 48 Out of range Absolute CD8+Cells 1688 Out of range Helper/Suppressor Ratio 0.75 Out of range Absolute Lymphocytes 3552

Response from Dr. Holodniy

In many people with HIV infection, the CD8 count and percent increase as a reaction to the infection. CD8 cells are the major type of cell involved with controlling the infection. So that is why you see an increase.



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