Dr. Matava explains the risk for infection if a cadaver graft is used during anterior cruciate ligament surgery.
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That certainly can happen. Anytime you take tissue from another human, there is risk for bacterial, fungal, and HIV infection. The risk for HIV contraction has been calculated to be about one in 1.6 million. So it’s a very low-risk, but it is still a risk we have to talk with patients about.