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Vol. 70, No. 9
ISSN: 1488-2159
October 2004


Oral Kaposi's Sarcoma in a Renal Transplant Patient: Case Report and Literature Review


• Mark Darling, BChD, MSc (Dent), MSc (Med), MChD •
• Ivor Thompson, BChD, BChD (Hons), MChD, PhD •
• Mohammed Meer, BDS, Dip Odont (Oral Surgery) •

A b s t r a c t

Malignancies, including oral Kaposi's sarcoma, may develop in transplant patients as a result of immunosuppressive therapy. Both the prevalence and the incidence of these malignancies vary. This article describes a renal transplant patient who was receiving immunosuppressive therapy and presented with oral Kaposi's sarcoma.

The lesion was excised and did not recur. However, the patient died as a result of viral pneumonitis, secondary to her renal problems. The article also includes a review of the literature, with particular emphasis on oral presentation of immunosuppression-related malignancies.


MeSH Key Words: immunosuppressive agents/adverse effects; kidney transplantation/immunology; sarcoma, Kaposi/etiology
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