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Correspondence and Brief Communications
June 1, 2006

Surgical Site Infections in Patients With Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Nicola Petrosillo, MD; Angelo Pan, MD; Vincenzo Puro, MD; et al Gruppo HIV e Infezioni Ospedaliere
Arch Surg. 2006;141(6):611-612. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.6.611-b

The article by Saltzman et al1 represents a comprehensive review of the surgical management of the clinical manifestations of AIDS. A further and controversial issue that could be of interest relates to the risk of surgical site infections (SSI) in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients undergoing surgical intervention. Indeed, the role of HIV infection in determining complications of surgery is controversial,2 and few studies are available that document HIV-infected individuals having a higher risk of developing infectious complications after surgery.3