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Primary pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma in a newly diagnosed cisgender heterosexual HIV positive patient presenting before cutaneous manifestations

Sarah Khan, Jolie Guevara, Ana Barbosa, Awista Ayuby, Fred Bien-aime, Larissa Verda, Nancy Glick, Vikas Mehta

Publication date: 2018

Source: IDCases, Volume 14

Author(s): Sarah Khan, Jolie Guevara, Ana Barbosa, Awista Ayuby, Fred Bien-Aime, Larissa Verda, Nancy Glick, Vikas Mehta


AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a vascular malignancy that usually presents with mucocutaneous lesions. Bronchopulmonary involvement as an initial manifestation is a rare phenomenon. This case describes a young male presenting with pulmonary symptoms mimicking HIV-related opportunistic infection who was eventually diagnosed with primary pulmonary KS. The aim of this report is to emphasize that KS should be recognized as a differential diagnosis in AIDS patients presenting with pulmonary symptoms. Making the diagnosis may be a difficult task, at times, requiring invasive procedures such as lung biopsy.

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