Acute appendicitis secondary to Kaposi's sarcoma in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

S. Ravalli, R. A. Vincent, H. L. Beaton

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Abstract

Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is the most common neoplasm associated with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), although its incidence appears to be declining for unclear reasons. In association with AIDS, KS occurs predominantly in homosexual males and pursues an aggressive course with extensive cutaneous disease and frequent extracutaneous involvement. The gastrointestinal tract is frequently affected, but involvement is almost always asymptomatic. Primary visceral KS, in the absence of skin lesions, has only rarely been described in the literature. We describe two cases of acute appendicitis secondary to appendiceal localization of KS. In one of the patients, no cutaneous lesions were found at the time of presentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-403
Number of pages3
JournalNew York State Journal of Medicine
Volume91
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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