SURGERY IN THE HIV POSITIVE PATIENT Dr A Mouton HIV infection continues to be major cause of morbidity and mortality WHO estimate 40 million people world wide infected AIDS now fourth largest cause of death worldwide Sub-Sahara Africa → most common cause of death
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Dr A Mouton
- Prophylactic antibiotics
- ARV therapy regimen
C. Hypocalemia - Drugs
- Malignancy, CMV
D. Hypo-uricaemia - Assorted opportunistic
infections like CMV
- Indicates ↑ morbidity and
TRAM et al:
JONES et al:
- Impaired immunity a consequence of surgery in HIV (+) patient?
- Does surgical intervention impact on the course of HIV infections?
- HIV (+) patient → on HAART
- Surgery - 50% major procedures
- 50% minor procedures
- Surgery - 50% General surgery
- 25% Gyne
- 25 Other
- Parameters - CD4 count before and after operation
- Viral load
- ⅔ unchanged or ↓
HIV (+) patient in term of Immune suppression in HAART era.
dysfunction pre-op did not impact on immune system adversely.
(Determined by CD4 and viral load)
- Gautun et al. (2008) – 43 drug naïve AIDS patients
- mean baseline CD4 count 112
- Follow up after 3 months
- 80% clinical improvement
- CD4 ↑ by > 50 in 85% of cases
- Mean CD4 increases from 112 baseline to 196
Factor associated with ↑ risk for infection
I.) Systematic factors:
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Post irradiation to site
Most complication: (1) CD4 < 200 cell/mm³
(2) Poor nutritional status(↓Alb)
(3) ± Neutropenia
Clinical adrenal insufficiency occurring in 5%
HIV(+) and 20% AIDS patients post-op.
- Approach to patient with fever → determined by presence and nature of surgery and CD4 and viral load.
- Most fevers from common case:
- Intravascular catheters
and development of opportunistic infections.
- Late in disease (<CD < 100)
- Stress of surgery – unmask previously unsuspected hypo adrenalism.
- Electrolyte changes (↓Na ↓Ka)