Boone and Sue are correct; the nutritional status of patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection is an important clinical variable with respect to outcome. One of us (S.C.) has published the data1 to suggest that patients with a serum albumin level less than 34 g/L are at more than four times the risk of death during hospitalization as are similar patients with normal serum albumin levels.
Safran C, Herrmann F. Admission Serum Albumin and Prognosis in Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome-Reply. Arch Intern Med. 1993;153(3):400. doi:10.1001/archinte.1993.00410030100018
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