oa South African Family Practice - Do normal C-reactive protein levels exclude the diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis? : scientific letter
Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2006;48(2) 14 Scientific Letter Do normal C-reactive protein levels exclude the diagnosis of cryptococcal meningitis? To the Editor: South Africa is presently experiencing an epidemic of HIV-associated diseases, including cryptococcal meningitis. Cryptococcus is a fungal-type organism, and disseminated or cryptococcal meningitis is an AIDS-defining disease, occurring in up to 10% of patients with AIDS. In Durban, South Africa, cryptococcal meningitis was the initial AIDS-defining illness in 84% of HIV patients, 1 while in Pretoria it was found to be the presenting cause for patients with HIV and meningitis in 50% of patients.2 Its incidence at Pretoria ..
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