Choriocarcinoma in an AIDS patient: Relapsing but not fatal

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Medicine; Ob/Gyn; Pathology

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Article, Peer-reviewed

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Choriocarcinoma is associated with high mortality in immunocompromised patients, in contrast to a good prognosis in immunocompetent individuals. Respiratory failure due to metatstatic choriocarcinoma is associated with high mortality in any patient. We report a case of a woman with AIDS that survived metastatic choriocarcinoma and respiratory failure. We also observed that in contrast to some in vitro studies, the markedly elevated levels of beta-subunit of human chorionic gonadotropin in this patient did not have any apparent inhibitory effect on viral replication.

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