Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome related Kaposi's sarcoma eroding the maxillary bone
BACKGROUND: Oral involvement is a common manifestation of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome related Kaposi's sarcoma, and it occurs in approximately one-third of afflicted patients. METHODS: We report an unusual case of Kaposi's sarcoma of the hard palate which invaded the underlying maxillary bone. RESULTS: The patient underwent excisional biopsy and was subsequently treated with localised radiation and systemic chemotherapy including liposomal doxorubicin. CONCLUSIONS: The presentation, differential diagnosis, radiographic appearance and management of this serious complication are discussed. Our case highlights the need for a multidisciplinary approach, consisting of ENT, oncology and infectious disease consultation, to ensure appropriate management of maxillofacial, intraosseous, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome related Kaposi's sarcoma.
Konstantinopoulos PA, Goldsztein H, Dezube BJ, Pantanowitz L. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome related Kaposi's sarcoma eroding the maxillary bone J Laryngol Otol 2008 Sep;122(9):993-7.