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Rare presentation of bronchopulmonary Kaposi sarcoma


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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