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Rare presentation of bronchopulmonary Kaposi sarcoma
  1. Raiko Diaz,
  2. Patricia Almeida and
  3. Dionne Morgan
  1. Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Aventura, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Raiko Diaz, rdiaz022{at}


Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is an angioproliferative disorder that is commonly associated with human herpes virus 8 as well as the HIV. In fact, KS is one of the most common AIDS-defining illnesses. KS typically presents with diffuse, violaceous cutaneous nodules, and may have concomitant visceral involvement. However, visceral involvement rarely occurs without skin manifestations. A rare case of localised bronchopulmonary KS without skin involvement is described in a patient with previously undiagnosed HIV. This atypical presentation represents a challenge for modern-day physicians in developed countries where the prevalence of AIDS-related diseases is decreasing.

  • Hiv /Aids
  • mechanical ventilation
  • malnutrition
  • respiratory cancer
  • pneumonia (respiratory medicine)

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  • Contributors All authors have contributed to the writing of this manuscript. RD: primary author of this paper. PA: helped in the research, writing and editing of the manuscript. DM: helped supervising, guiding and editing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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