Thoracic kaposi sarcoma in aids: Ct findings

Steven D. Wolff, Janet E. Kuhlman, Elliot K. Fishman

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Cases of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) related Kaposi sarcoma (KS) were reviewed to characterize the spectrum of thoracic findings seen with chest CT. Of 15 patients with AIDS-related KS involving the chest, 13 (87%) demonstrated pulmonary parenchymal disease characterized by multiple, bilateral flame-shaped or nodular lesions with ill-defined margins distributed along bronchovascular bundles. Pleural disease was noted in 10 (67%) patients, characterized by 9 cases of pleural effusions and 1 case of pleural implants. Chest wall disease involving the sternum, ribs, thoracic spine, and/or subcutaneous tissues was noted in eight (53%) patients. Although pleural and parenchymal lung disease are recognized manifestations of thoracic KS, there is also a high incidence of extrapulmonary chest disease evident on CT in patients with AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-62
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Computed tomography
  • Diseases
  • Kaposi sarcoma
  • Thorax

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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