Echocardiographic detection of Kaposi's sarcoma causing cardiac tamponade in a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Kuang Yuh Chyu, Yochai Birnbaum, Tasneem Naqvi, Michael C. Fishbein, Robert J. Siegel

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Abstract

Pericardial effusions are common in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The differential diagnosis is diverse, and in most cases the etiology cannot be established. A cardiac tamponade was diagnosed in a 32year-old male with AIDS and systemic Kaposi's sarcoma. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a large pericardial effusion with right atrial collapse and a mobile multilobular mass at the apex protruding into pericardial space. Autopsy showed that this mass was Kaposi's sarcoma confined to the epicardial fat. This is the first case of cardiac Kaposi's sarcoma detected premortem by echocardiography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-133
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Cardiology
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Keywords

  • Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • Cardiac tamponade
  • Echocardiography
  • Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Pericardial effusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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