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Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related gastrointestinal limited Kaposi's sarcoma presenting as acute intestinal obstruction: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Jyotirmoy Pal, Ankit Shrivastav, Hari Shankar Pathak, Dipendra Kumar Sarkar
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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

JP and AS were involved in patient care and management. They also conceived the report and were involved in preparation of the manuscript. DKS was involved in the surgery and patient management. HSK helped diagnose our patient and review the manuscript. DG was involved in counseling and administration. All authors read and reviewed the manuscript.



Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome during anti-retroviral treatment of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) -associated gastrointestinal Kaposi's sarcoma has rarely been reported.

Case Presentation

A 36-year-old Asian Indian male, newly diagnosed with AIDS and treatment naïve, was started on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). He developed acute intestinal obstruction after four weeks of therapy. A laparotomy was done with excision and adhesiolysis leading to relief of symptoms. A histology report revealed the lesion to be Kaposi's sarcoma. Our patient was diagnosed to be having immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome associated with AIDS-associated gastrointestinal limited Kaposi's sarcoma, which presented as acute intestinal obstruction. Our patient was treated with paclitaxel post-operatively and HAART was continued. Our patient responded to therapy.


Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome involving Kaposi's sarcoma may occur in HAART-naïve individuals with AIDS-related Kaposi's sarcoma. Gastrointestinal Kaposi's sarcoma may present with sudden increase in size or inflammation leading to acute intestinal obstruction. This does not indicate failure of HAART or a need for changes in anti-retroviral regimen.

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