Serological diagnosis of Chagas disease in HIV-infected patients

Rev Soc Bras Med Trop. 2015 May-Jun;48(3):331-3. doi: 10.1590/0037-8682-0268-2014.

Abstract

Introduction: This study assessed the rate of request for the serological diagnosis of Chagas disease among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients treated at the Specialized Care Service of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Methods: This cross-sectional study used secondary data obtained from the medical records of 252 patients aged between 18 and 75 years.

Results: The serological diagnosis of Chagas disease was requested only in 3.2% of cases.

Conclusions: The results demonstrate poor adherence to protocols on the part of healthcare professionals, indicating the need to reevaluate the procedures applied to HIV-infected patients from endemic regions for both diseases.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / diagnosis*
  • AIDS-Related Opportunistic Infections / epidemiology
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Chagas Disease / diagnosis*
  • Chagas Disease / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Serologic Tests