Gastrointestinal kaposi sarcoma with appendiceal involvement

Steve Egwuonwu, Cara Gatto-Weis, Roberto Miranda, Luis De Las Casas

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Abstract

Kaposi sarcoma is a vascular tumor manifesting as nodular lesions on skin, mucous membranes, or internal organs. This is a case of a 42-year-old human immunodeficiency virus-(HIV) positive bisexual male, not on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) since diagnosis four years ago. He presented with a three-day history of abdominal pains, fever, vomiting, and a one-week history of melena stools. Endoscopy revealed Kaposi sarcoma in the stomach and duodenum. Postendoscopy, he developed acute abdomen. Exploratory laparotomy revealed extensive Kaposi sarcoma of the gastrointestinal tract with appendiceal involvement. The patient underwent appendectomy and had an uneventful recovery. A review of the literature discusses appendiceal Kaposi sarcoma with appendicitis, a rare but critical manifestation of gastrointestinal Kaposi sarcoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-281
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern medical journal
Volume104
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • appendiceal
  • gastrointestinal
  • kaposi sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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