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CD4 T cells CD4 T cells are T lymphocytes that express the CD4 receptor on their surface cheap aciphex 20 mg line. This lymphocyte subpopulation is also referred to as T helper cells generic aciphex 20 mg without prescription. Alongside viral load, measurement of the CD4 T cell level is the most important parameter or surrogate marker in HIV medicine. It allows for a reliable estimate of the individual risk of developing AIDS. Two reference values are generally accepted: above 400–500 CD4 T cells/µl, severe AIDS-related diseases are very rare; below 200 CD4 T cells/µl, the risk of AIDS-related morbidity increases significantly with increased duration of immunosuppression. Most AIDS-related illnesses occur below 100 CD4 T cells/µl. Several points should be considered when measuring CD4 T cells (usually by flow cytometry). The lower normal values are between 400 and 500 cells/µl, depending on the laboratory. Samples should always be sent to the same (experienced) laboratory. The same applies for viral load as for CD4 T cells: the higher the level, the greater the variability. In one study, the 95% confidence intervals with a real value of 500 cells/µl were between 297 and 841 cells/µl. At 200 CD4 T cells/µl, the 95% confidence interval was between 118 and 337 cells/µl (Hoover 1993). Measurement of CD4 T cells should only be repeated in the case of highly implau- sible values. As long as the viral load remains below the level of detection, there is no need to be concerned even with decreases in CD4 T cells. In such cases, the relative values (CD4 percentages) and the CD4/CD8 ratio (ratio of CD4 to CD8 T cells) should be referred to; these are usually more robust and less prone to fluctuation. As a general point of reference, with values above 500 CD4 T cells/µl, fluctuations of more than 29% are to be expected, with less than 200 CD4 T cells/µl fluctuations of up to than 14%. Individual laboratories may define the normal ranges for the relative values and the ratio differently.
Disease-modifying drugs for multiple sclerosis Page 98 of 120 Final Report Update 1 Drug Effectiveness Review Project Case series: A study reporting observations on a series of patients receiving the same intervention with no control group order 20mg aciphex with amex. Case study: A study reporting observations on a single patient purchase 10 mg aciphex. Case-control study: A study that compares people with a specific disease or outcome of interest (cases) to people from the same population without that disease or outcome (controls). Clinical diversity: Differences between studies in key characteristics of the participants, interventions or outcome measures. Clinically significant: A result that is large enough to affect a patient’s disease state in a manner that is noticeable to the patient and/or a caregiver. Cohort study: An observational study in which a defined group of people (the cohort) is followed over time and compared with a group of people who were exposed or not exposed to a particular intervention or other factor of interest. A prospective cohort study assembles participants and follows them into the future. A retrospective cohort study identifies subjects from past records and follows them from the time of those records to the present. Combination Therapy: The use of two or more therapies and especially drugs to treat a disease or condition. Confidence interval: The range of values calculated from the data such that there is a level of confidence, or certainty, that it contains the true value. The 95% confidence interval is generally used in Drug Effectiveness Review Project reports. If the report were hypothetically repeated on a collection of 100 random samples of studies, the resulting 95% confidence intervals would include the true population value 95% of the time. Confounder: A factor that is associated with both an intervention and an outcome of interest. Controlled clinical trial: A clinical trial that includes a control group but no or inadequate methods of randomization. Control group: In a research study, the group of people who do not receive the treatment being tested. The control group might receive a placebo, a different treatment for the disease, or no treatment at all.