Cardiac surgery in three patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus

Asako Namai, Masahiro Sakurai, Masatoshi Akiyama

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Human immunodeficiency virus infection (HIV) is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.1 Recently, the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) improved the survival rate of HIV-infected patients.2 However, the number of HIV-infected patients to be referred for cardiac surgery will increase because cardiovascular risk is increased with the use of HAART. Herein, we report three HIV-infected patients who underwent open heart surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass; we followed their progress by monitoring their CD4+ T-lymphocyte counts. Based on our experience, it seems that cardiopulmonary bypass does not accelerate progression of HIV disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-467
Number of pages3
JournalGeneral thoracic and cardiovascular surgery
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sep


  • CD4 T-lymphocyte count
  • Highly active antiretroviral therapy
  • Human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • Open heart surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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