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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131
Acute intussusception due to intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma in an infant

Department of Paediatric Surgery, Teaching Hospital Treichville, Abidjan - Cote D'ivoire

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Date of Web Publication29-Jul-2009

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Sanni R B, Nandiolo R, Coulibaly Diaoudia MF, Vodi L, Mobiot M L. Acute intussusception due to intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma in an infant. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2009;6:131

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Sanni R B, Nandiolo R, Coulibaly Diaoudia MF, Vodi L, Mobiot M L. Acute intussusception due to intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma in an infant. Afr J Paediatr Surg [serial online] 2009 [cited 2020 Apr 9];6:131. Available from:

Acute intussusception in children is idiopathic in almost 90% of the cases . [1] We recently received an infant with intussusception in which Kaposi's sarcoma was the lead point.

The 5-month - old male infant had been managed by a paediatrician on account of abdominal distension for 6 days and was later referred to paediatric surgery. His general condition was very poor. He was dehydrated, weighted 5 kg 400 g, with blood pressure of about 90/40 mmHg, temperature 38 and pulse 100 b/min. The abdomen was distended, with weaves of persistaltis. There was a vague tenderness, but no mass could be palpated because the abdomen was tense. Anorectal examination revealed mucoid stools and a plain abdominal radiograph showed air fluid levels.

The patient was resuscitated and had laparotomy. The intraoperative findings were a necrotic ileo colic intussusception with haemoperitoneum. The gangrenous bowel was resected with end - to - end anastomosis. There was a fusiform lead point that was histologically confirmed to be Kaposi's sarcoma.

He developed anastomotic dehiscence 7 days later that necessitated reexploration and reanastomosis. Ten days after the second surgery, he developed bowel obstruction that warranted a second reexploration during which a terminal ileostomy was performed. He had an uneventful recovery and was discharged after 1 week. After 2 weeks of follow - up, he was lost to follow-up until 6 years later when he presented with clinical signs and laboratory proofs of full - blown acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The child died 10 days later.

The intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma is exceptional in children, unlike the 34% incidence of Kaposi in human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV )- positive adults. [2] Unlike bowel obstruction, intestinal perforation or an appendicitis caused by Kaposi , which are frequently reported in HIV - positive adults , [4],[5],[6] only one case of intussusception with an intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma as the leading point has been described. [3] The finding in this report is a pointer that the intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma-related complications are present in HIV - positive children also.

This communication, therefore, is a call for vigilance among paediatric surgeons that intussusception may be caused by Kaposi's disease, particularly in areas where HIV is endemic.

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1.Ko SF, Lee TY, Ng SH, Wan YL, Chen MC, Tiao MM, et al . Small Bowel intussusception in symptomatic pediatric patients: Experiences with 19 surgically proven cases. World J Surg 2002;26:438-43.  Back to cited text no. 1  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
2.Ravera M, Reggiori A, Cocozza E, Andreata M, Cantia F. Kaposi's Sarcoma and Aids in Uganda: Its frequency and gastro intestinal distribution ital J gastro enterol 1994;26:329-33.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Gulick RM. Abdominal pain in a man with HIV ,TB and Kaposi sarcoma AIDS Clin care 1997;9:40-4.  Back to cited text no. 3    
4.Wheeler DW, Baigrie RJ. Palliative surgery for acute bowel obstruction causes bu Kaposi sarcoma in a patient with AIDS. Int J Clin Pract 2003;57:347-8.  Back to cited text no. 4  [PUBMED]  
5.Yoshida EM, Chan NH, Chan-yan C, Baird RM. Perforation of the jejunum secondary to AIDS- Rectal gastro intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma Can Jgastro enterol, 1997 Jan-Feb; 11: 38-40.  Back to cited text no. 5    
6.Chetty R, Arendse MP. Gastro-intestinal Kaposi's sarcoma, with special reference to appendix. S Afr J Surg 1999;37:9-11.  Back to cited text no. 6  [PUBMED]  

Correspondence Address:
R Bankole Sanni
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.54784

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