Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río
versão On-line ISSN 1561-3194
GAMEZ PEREZ, Anadely et al. Kaposi 's sarcoma: a case report, update on the topic. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2009, vol.13, n.4, pp. 228-236. ISSN 1561-3194.
Kaposi´s Sarcoma (KS) is a cancer-like disease. It is most frequent related to HIV infection, present in late stages of the disease and affecting 20 % of HIV infected people having no Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART). Since in Pinar del Rio Province a low incidence rate of HIV/AIDS is observed , Kaposi´s Sarcoma is very infrequent. A 50 year-old male who after presenting an epigastralgia suffers from hematoma-like skin lesions, in resolution and when palpated the darker center was nodular. These lesions take practically the whole body, observing loss of weight, no fever, no itching, no oral mucosa lesions. Determining Hb: 112 g/l, Hto; 0.34/L, Leukocytes: 4.4 x 4x109/l, increase of mononuclear cells, associated to lymphopenia, but erythrocyte sedimentation rate, seric cholesterol, transaminases, kidney function and total proteins were normal. Moderated thrombocytopenia and high levels of uric acid were observed. In the bone marrow aspiration atypical lymphocytes and relative depression of the hematopoietic series prevailed. Gastroscopy was negative. Skin biopsy: Compatible with Kaposi´s Sarcoma. HIV: three exams during the study at 3 months intervals being negative from the beginning. The last viral examination carried out at 7 months after the beginning of the study resulted positive when Western Blot technique was used.
Palavras-chave : Kaposi´s sarcoma; HIV.