Role of endoscopy in HIV with UGI Symptoms

What is the role of endoscopy in HIV-infected patients with upper gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms? 

Patients with AIDS (CD4 count < 200) are at risk for opportunistic infections and neoplasms, particularly when the CD4 lymphocyte count falls to less than 100. Given the broad differential diagnosis of upper GI symptoms in these patients, generally upper endoscopy should be performed so all lesions can be biopsied for a definitive diagnosis.


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