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AIDS related Kaposi's sarcoma presenting as ulcerative colitis and complicated by toxic megacolon.

Biggs BA, Crowe SM, Lucas CR, Ralston M, Thompson IL, Hardy KJ

  • Journal Gut

  • Published 14 Jan 1988

  • Volume 28

  • ISSUE 10

  • Pagination 1302-6

  • DOI 10.1136/gut.28.10.1302


Gastrointestinal Kaposi's sarcoma is a well described and usually asymptomatic manifestation of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome. We report a patient who had extensive colonic Kaposi's sarcoma and presented with an ulcerative colitis like illness. Total colectomy was subsequently required as an emergency procedure for toxic megacolon. The patient remains well on maintenance interferon therapy 21 months after surgery.