Wheeler DW, Baigrie RJ (2003) “Palliative surgery for acute bowel obstruction caused by Kaposi's sarcoma in a patient with AIDS.” Int J Clin Pract 57(4):347-8
Patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) can present with acute abdominal surgical problems, either with intra-abdominal opportunistic infection as a result of their immunosuppression, or with associated malignancies. We report a 39-year-old man who developed intermittent nausea and vomiting, which was originally thought to be a side-effect of the chemotherapy he was receiving for facial Kaposi's sarcoma. However, he was found to have intraperitoneal Kaposi's sarcoma causing small bowel obstruction, which was successfully excised at laparotomy. There were no perioperative complications despite AIDS-related respiratory disease. The patient remained free of abdominal symptoms until his death. HIV infections or AIDS alone should not be contraindications to surgery for such problems, as careful patient selection can yield good results and significantly improve quality of life.
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|Publication date:||2003 May|
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