A rare case of laryngeal Kaposi’s sarcoma

Authors

  • J Mohd Tahir Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru
  • KN Gopalan Ear, Nose & Throat-Head & Neck Consultant Clinic, Lam Wah Ee Hospital, Penang
  • MB Marina Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur
  • SHA Primuharsa Putra Ear, Nose & Throat-Head & Neck Consultant Clinic, KPJ Seremban Specialist Hospital, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjms.v9i2.5660

Keywords:

Airway obstruction, Laryngeal, Kaposi’s sarcoma, HIV

Abstract

Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is the most common malignancy observed in patient with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). It rarely causes upper airway obstruction. We report a 39-year-old gentleman, a former intravenous drug user with AIDS and Hepatitis C positive who developed progressive hoarseness with stidor. He underwent an emergency tracheostomy and direct laryngoscopy revealed a whitish globular laryngeal mass obscuring the glottic region. A biopsy of the mass was taken and the histopathological report showed evidence of spindle cell connective tissue, consistent with Kaposi’s sarcoma. It is important for clinicians or surgeons to maintain a high index of suspicion for the diagnosis of laryngeal KS in immunodeficiency patient even without cutaneous manifestation.

Keywords: Airway obstruction; Laryngeal; Kaposi’s sarcoma; HIV.

DOI: 10.3329/bjms.v9i2.5660

Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science Vol.09 No.2 Apr 2010 pp.107-109

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Published

2010-08-04

How to Cite

Tahir, J. M., Gopalan, K., Marina, M., & Putra, S. P. (2010). A rare case of laryngeal Kaposi’s sarcoma. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Science, 9(2), 107–109. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjms.v9i2.5660

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Case Reports