Other Factors to Consider in Infantile AIDS

Gene M. Shearer, F. Aiuti, R. Pognelli, Gwendolyn B. Scott, Wade P. Parks

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To the Editor: The report on infants with immune dysfunction that resembles AIDS (Jan. 12 issue)1 suggested that the infant cases are due to transplacental, perinatal, or postnatal transmission. By analogy to congenital infections the authors imply a putative AIDS infectious agent.1 These cases of pediatric AIDS present two unique etiologic possibilities that are currently not obvious in the adult cases of the syndrome and that were not discussed in the January 12 report. The first is that newborn children are likely to be immunologically immature, which should make them very susceptible to a number of infectious agents carried by.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-191
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 19 1984

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