In 74 patients (50% malignant disease) scheduled for surgical procedures, delayed hypersensitivity skin tests were performed using three recall antigens (SS, PPD, C). Patients were classified as normal (positivity for one or more antigens) and anergic or immunodepressed. Eighteen patients had postoperative infections. This complication was five-fold more frequent in anergic than in normal patients and without relation to surgical procedure. Personal data prove that cutaneous reactivity to recall antigens is a suitable means of predicting postoperative septic morbidity.
|Translated title of the contribution||Skin tests for delayed hypersensitivity and their application in surgical cases|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Anestesia e Rianimazione|
|Publication status||Published - 1980|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine