Upper airway obstruction secondary to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related Kaposi's sarcoma

J. E. Greenberg, Margaret A Fischl, J. R. Berger

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Abstract

A 45-year-old man with a history of intravenous drug use presented with acute respiratory distress. A pulsus paradoxus of 42 mm Hg, accessory respiratory muscle use and stridor were present. Examination of the oropharynx revealed multiple 1 to 2 cm purple lesions of the gingiva and hard palate. A purple tumor mass in the posterior pharynx obstructed the view of the larynx. An emergency tracheostomy was performed resulting in hemorrhage into the respiratory tract. Autopsy revealed disseminated Kaposi's sarcoma and large blood clots in the trachea and main stem bronchus. This case illustrates the occurrence of life threatening involvement of the upper aerodigestive tract with Kaposi's sarcoma and hemorrhagic complications resulting from surgical manipulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-640
Number of pages3
JournalChest
Volume88
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985

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Kaposi's Sarcoma
Airway Obstruction
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Hard Palate
Oropharynx
Respiratory Muscles
Tracheostomy
Respiratory Sounds
Gingiva
Bronchi
Larynx
Pharynx
Trachea
Respiratory System
Pulse
Autopsy
Emergencies
Thrombosis
Hemorrhage
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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Upper airway obstruction secondary to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related Kaposi's sarcoma. / Greenberg, J. E.; Fischl, Margaret A; Berger, J. R.

In: Chest, Vol. 88, No. 4, 01.12.1985, p. 638-640.

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