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Case report
Skin nodules in a young patient with HIV/AIDS
  1. Hamza Hashmi1 and
  2. Jonathan Struan Alexander2
  1. 1 Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  2. 2 Department of Internal Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hamza Hashmi, hamzahashmi87{at}


AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a malignancy seen in patients with HIV/AIDS that results from unrestrained human herpesvirus 8 infection. It can have an atypical presentation and an aggressive clinical course in patients with uncontrolled HIV infection. We present an interesting case of AIDS-related KS with an atypical initial presentation with skin nodules and debilitating lymphoedema. Patient was successfully managed with supportive measures, antiretroviral therapy and systemic chemotherapy.

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  • Contributors HH, as the primary author of this manuscript, had a large role in writing the manuscript, specifically in acquiring data from the most relevant studies and incorporating such data into the manuscript to support and/or refute our arguments in to be as objective as possible. JSA played an important role in the conception, design and construction of this manuscript, including selecting which content to highlight, use of proper research language.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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