Bilateral Septic Arthritis of the Hip in an Intravenous Drug Addict with HIV Infection

蔡 燿鴻(Yao-Hung Tsai), 黃 聰仁(Tsung-Jen Huang), 許 文蔚(Robert Wen-Wei Hsu)

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This report describes a rare case of a 39-year-old male with a history of long-term intravenous heroin addiction, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and chronic hepatitis B and C, who developed acute septic arthritis of the bilateral hips. Arthrotomy and debridement of both hips were first performed. Based on the patient's immunocompromised condition, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection was suspected and confirmed by Western blot test 3 days after operation. Although septic arthritis of the hip is a surgical emergency, a high index of suspicion is required for the diagnosis of HIV infection in drug addicts with multifocal septic arthritis. Such suspicion is crucial for surgeons to take adequate protection.
Translated title of the contribution長期吸毒合併兩側髖敗血性關節炎及人類免疫缺乏病毒感染:一病例報告
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthopedic Surgery Taiwan
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • septic arthritis
  • arthrotomy
  • human immunodeficiency virus

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