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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 352-354

Severe gastrointestinal haemorrhage due to primary intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma - a case report

Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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A A Salako
Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife
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Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) was previously a relatively rare disease. With the advent of HIV/AIDS pandemic however, AIDS-related KS has been on the increase and so has interest in the disease. Ninety per cent of patients with KS present with skin lesions. While the gastrointestinal tract is a fairly common site of metastatic KS, primary gastrointestinal KS is uncommon. The presentation of gastrointestinal KS with severe gastrointestinal bleeding is rarer still. In this report, we present a 56yr old HIV-negative patient who presented with severe gastrointestinal bleeding without any skin lesions. Multiple haemorrhagic polypoidal lesions were found on the walls of the jejunum and ileum as well as the liver at exploratory laparotomy and these were found to be KS on histopathologic examination. We also discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges we had with this rare cause of severe GI bleeding.

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