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Osteonecrosis of the femoral head in people living with HIV: anatomopathological description and p24 antigen test

Authors Munhoz Lima ALL, Oliveira PR, Carvalho VC, Godoy-Santos AL, Ejnisman L, Oliveira CR, Uip DE, Duarte MIS

Received 12 January 2018

Accepted for publication 14 March 2018

Published 25 May 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 83—90

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/HIV.S162305

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Bassel Sawaya


Ana Lucia L Munhoz Lima,1 Priscila Rosalba Oliveira,1 Vladimir C Carvalho,1 Alexandre Leme Godoy-Santos,1 Leandro Ejnisman,1 Claudia R Oliveira,1 David E Uip,2 Maria Irma S Duarte3

1Instituto de Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Hospital das Clínicas HCFMUSP, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; 2Faculdade de Medicina da Fundacao do ABC, São Paulo, Brazil; 3Departamento de Patologia, Faculdade de Medicina FMUSP, Universidade de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Objective: To examine the presence of HIV in bone tissue of people living with HIV (PLWHIV) with osteonecrosis of femoral head and describe clinical and anatomopathological findings.
Design: This is a case series which included 44 PLWHIV with osteonecrosis of femoral head who underwent total hip arthroplasty.
Methods: Clinical data were obtained through analysis of the patients’ medical records. Bone tissue obtained during total hip arthroplasty was retrieved and sent for conventional and immunohistochemical analysis. Monoclonal antibodies were used to mark the p24 (HIV), CD31 (vascular endothelial cells), CD68 (macrophages), and D240 (cells of the lymphatic endothelium) antigens.
Results: Dyslipidemia was found in 48% of the patients and lipodystrophy in 31%. Histological analysis showed similar characteristics for the entire sample. Degeneration of joint cartilage was visualized with the presence of fissures and fibrillations, as well as subchondral sclerosis and necrosis of the subchondral cancellous bone tissue. Lymphoplasmocytic inflammatory reaction was observed, with the presence of macrophages containing a foamy, vacuolated cytoplasm, as well as the presence of ceroid pigment and occasional granulation tissue. The reaction with the monoclonal anti-p24 antibody was negative in the samples from all 44 PLWHIV undergoing hip arthroplasty. Reactions with the anti-CD31 and anti-D240 antibodies were negative. Staining with CD68 antibody confirmed that the cells visualized with foamy, vacuolated cytoplasm were macrophages.
Conclusion: p24 HIV antigen was not detected in the bone tissue of PLWHIV and osteonecrosis. The most frequent anatomopathological findings were extensive necrosis of bone tissue, large vacuoles filled with fat cells, inflammatory lymphoplasmocytic reaction with macrophages containing vacuolated cytoplasm, and the presence of ceroid pigment.

Keywords: osteonecrosis, AIDS, HIV core protein p24, immunohistochemistry

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