Managing AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma and pregnancy

Barnardt, Pieter (2013-05)

CITATION: Barnardt, P. 2013. Managing AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma and pregnancy. Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine, 14(2):87-88, doi:10.4102/hivmed.v14i2.83.

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An estimated 30 - 40% of HIV-infected patients are likely to develop cancer during the progression of their disease. The occurrence of malignancy among these patients represents a difficult challenge in their care. Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) – currently the most common tumour observed with an estimated incidence of 15 - 20% – represents the first manifestation of AIDS in 30 - 40% of patients. Any organ may be involved, but the gastrointestinal tract and lung remain the most frequently involved locations. The case described here presented a clinical and ethical dilemma where visceral KS, pregnancy and medical complications required multi-disciplinary management.

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