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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361

Abstract

JOLAYEMI, OO  and  MOGAMBERY, JC. Kaposi sarcoma: an unusual cause of intussusception in an adult patient. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2018, vol.56, n.3, pp.30-32. ISSN 2078-5151.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2078-5151/2018/v56n3a2775.

Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a multifocal, low-grade tumour of the vascular endothelium and is the most common neoplasm in patients with human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Although KS is known to cause cutaneous lesions, involvement of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is not uncommon. Intussusception secondary to KS however, is exceedingly rare and is a difficult diagnosis to make due to the vague symptomatology. In this case report, we describe the presentation and discuss controversies in the management of such a patient. We also highlight the value of cross sectional imaging in making the diagnosis pre-operatively.

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