n South African Journal of Surgery - Kaposi's sarcoma, lymphoedema and gangrene in AIDS - a therapeutic challenge : case report

Volume 47, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



The manifestations of the HIV pandemic are manifold, affecting all organ systems. With respect to the vascular system, it is recognised that vasculitides constitute one of the less common but none the less challenging consequences of HIV infection. The HIV pandemic has also seen a dramatic increase in the prevalence of Kaposi's sarcoma and its frequently associated complication of chronic lymphoedema. When these three manifestations of HIV (Kaposi's sarcoma, lymphoedema and vasculopathy) coexist in the same limb, as in this report, unique clinical and management challenges are presented.

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