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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 295-298

Kaposi's sarcoma of the colon presenting with diarrhea and weight loss

1 Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, USA
2 Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
3 Department of Pathology, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Berhanu M Geme
Department of Internal Medicine, St. Luke's University Hospital Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_4_18

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Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a rare tumor caused by human herpesvirus-8. The lesions present as reddish to purple slow growing macules that become nodular, typically affecting the extremities and sometimes associated to mucosal, visceral or lymph node involvement. KS is very prevalent in immunosuppressed patients and Sub-Saharan Africa. Gastrointestinal (GI) involvement is more common in the upper GI tract and usually presents as bleeding. We present a case of a 60-year-old male presenting with Kaposi's sarcoma of the colon, with diarrhea and weight loss as the clinical manifestation of the disease. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Patient care, Medical knowledge.

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