AIDS Patient Patho question

Nurses General Nursing


The other day I had a patient with AIDS, His T cell count was pretty low and he was positive for gram negative bacteria and fungus in his blood. He was not with it and would only track, blink, and mirror facial expressions. He had decerabrate positioning. I was wondering about his underlying pathophysiology associated with his mental status. Is it possible that the same bugs in his blood had crossed his blood brain barrier? or had he acquired something like meningitis? What are some of the more common underlying causes of AIDS dementia? thanks.

HappyNurse2005, RN

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Specializes in LDRP.

dementia is one of the possible conditions one can have if they have AIDS

love, rose


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Specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research.

Could also be Toxoplasmosis. Is his CD4

Could also be Toxoplasmosis. Is his CD4

Hmm, Im not sure he left our unit, wish i had more information. thanks.

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