Case Report

Managing AIDS-related Kaposi’s sarcoma and pregnancy

Pieter Barnardt
Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine | Vol 14, No 2 | a83 | DOI: | © 2013 Pieter Barnardt | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 December 2013 | Published: 04 June 2013

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Pieter Barnardt, Division of Radiation and Clinical Oncology, Department of Medical Imaging and Clinical Oncology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa, South Africa

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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.


HIV; AIDS; Kaposi's sarcoma; Pregnancy


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