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Radiologic evaluation of the acute abdomen in the patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS): The role of CT scanning

Authors
Journal
Seminars in Ultrasound CT and MRI
0887-2171
Publisher
Elsevier - WB Saunders
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0887-2171(98)90060-9
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Abdominal complaints are common in the HIV-infected patient, and the signs and symptoms of disease may be masked by concurrent illness and a weak immune response, making accurate diagnosis difficult. Patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are susceptible to diseases common to the general population; however, their generalized state of immunodeficiency places them at increased risk for many unusual disorders, predominately infectious and neoplastic. Radiologic evaluation, in particular, computed tomography (CT) with its ability to image the entire abdomen and pelvis, plays a crucial role in the prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment of these patients.

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