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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 38-40
Brief Communication

Perforation of the Jejunum Secondary to AIDS-Related Gastrointestinal Kaposi's Sarcoma

Eric M Yoshida, Norman HL Chan, Clifford Chan-Yan, and Robert M Baird

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Received 9 December 1994; Accepted 5 February 1996

Copyright © 1997 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Intestinal perforation in human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients due solely to Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) has rarely been described. A homosexual man with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related KS who presented with an acute abdomen is presented. He was found to have a jejunal perforation through a small KS lesion. There were no infectious organisms identified at the site of perforation.