A challenging Case of rapid progressive Kaposi Sarcoma after Renal Transplantation : Diagnostics by FDG PET/CT

De-novo malignancy is a serious posttransplant complication. While the incidence of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is low, the time for its diagnosis is early after renal transplantation. Typically, it can be identified because of the classical skin lesion. We herein report an unusual case of rapid progressive...

Authors: Reuter, Stefan Johannes
Vrachimis, Alexis
Huss, Sebastian
Wardelmann, Eva
Weckesser, Mathias
Pavenstädt, Hermann
Division/Institute:FB 05: Medizinische Fakultät
Document types:Article
Media types:Text
Publication date:2014
Date of publication on miami:27.11.2014
Modification date:16.04.2019
Edition statement:[Electronic ed.]
Source:Medicine 93 (2014) 11, 1-4, p e67
DDC Subject:610: Medizin und Gesundheit
License:CC BY-SA 4.0
Language:English
Notes:Finanziert durch den Open-Access-Publikationsfonds 2014/2015 der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) und der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU Münster).
Format:PDF document
ISSN:0025-7974
URN:urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-31339467114
Permalink:http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hbz:6-31339467114
Other Identifiers:DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000000067
Digital documents:00005792-201409010-00003.pdf

De-novo malignancy is a serious posttransplant complication. While the incidence of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is low, the time for its diagnosis is early after renal transplantation. Typically, it can be identified because of the classical skin lesion. We herein report an unusual case of rapid progressive KS without skin lesions in a 52-year-old patient leading to death within 8 months after kidney transplantation. This striking case illustrates the usefulness of [18F]2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography for demonstrating the cause of unexplained deterioration of patient’s condition. Early identification of KS is critical because early (modification of) therapy can substantially improve patient’s prognosis.