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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 8, No. 4, 2008, pp. 217-219
Bioline Code: hs08046
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2008, pp. 217-219

 en Haemorheologic and fibrinolytic activity in Nigerian HIV infected patients.
Omoregie, Richard; Adeghe, Judith E.; Ogefere, Helen O.; Omokaro, Evelyn U. & Ekeh, Chinedu C.


Objective: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients, especially those on antiretrovirals are at risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The haemorheologic and fibrinolgtic activity of treatment naïve Nigerian HIV-infected patients were investigated.
Methods: Blood was collected from 50 newly diagnosed treatment naïve HIV-infected patients and 50 apparently healthy HIV seronegative individuals that served as controls. Haematocrit values, plasma and serum viscosity, plasma fibrinogen concentration and euglobin lysis time were determined.
Result: The mean ± standard deviation of haematocrit value of HIV infected patients (31.70 ± 6.33%) was significantly lower (p<0.0001) than those of controls (39.50 ± 2.43%). The plasma serum viscosity, plasma fibrinogen concentration and euglobin lysis time of HIV-infected patients were significantly higher compared with those of controls (p<0.0001).
Conclusion: Treatment naive Nigerian HIV-infected patients have a defective blood flow and fibrinolytic system, which may predispose them to CVD.

Haemorheology, Fibrinolytic activity, HIV, Cardiovascular disease, HIV Treatment naïve, Nigerian.

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