Pulmonary Kaposi’s sarcoma

Case report


A. A. Rayes1, N. Abouzineen2

1) Department of Infectious Diseases, Tripoli Central hospital
2) Department of Infectious Diseases, Tripoli Medical Centre

JMJ Vol.3 No.1 (March) 2004: 89-90


A 42-y-old Libyan man presented with a 4-month history of purple, painless lesions all over the body, hard palate and the upper gums, which increased gradually in size. Together with these lesions he had progressive dyspnoea with dry cough and fever one week before admission. He was febrile, tachypneic with bilateral decreased air entry and diffuse rhonchi and crepitations. His laboratory makeup showed mild anaemia and thrombocytopenia with severe lymphopenia. His LDH was normal and the chest X-ray revealed right-sided basal opacity with gross interstitial infiltrates. His blood gases showed hypoxia. Two ELISA tests as well as a western blot were positive for HIV but no CD4 or viral load were available. He refused to do biopsy of the lesions. The patient was treated empirically for Pneumocystis carinii with Bactrim without improvement and he died after 4 weeks.

Keywords: HIV, Kaposi’s sarcoma, AIDS

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