Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2003 Sep;27(3):148-152.

A Case of Kaposi's Sarcoma of the Stomach and Duodenum in an AIDS Patient

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea. jeonghy@cnuh.co.kr
  • 2Department of Pathology, Chungnam National University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.


Kaposi's sarcoma, a rare tumor, usually presents itself with skin lesions. There is, however, an increased incidence in patients using immunosupressive drugs and with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Gastrointestinal Kaposi's sarcoma is usually asymptomatic, but may cause massive intestinal hemorrhage, perforation, intestinal obstruction, intussusception, protein-losing enteropathy, or sepsis. The gastroscopic appearances of Kaposi's sarcoma range from reddish purple maculopapules to polypoid, umbilicated nodule. In Korea, 3 case's of gastrointestinal kaposi's sarcoma have been reported so far. We experienced a 45-year-old man, who was positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibodiy and developed Kaposi's sarcoma. A case of gastrointestinal Kaposi's sarcoma treated with paclitaxel is herein reported with the endoscopic findings before and after chemotherapy.


AIDS; Gastrointestinal kaposi's sarcoma
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