What is the role of chest radiographs in the workup of Kaposi sarcoma (KS)?

Updated: Apr 11, 2019
  • Author: Jessica Katz, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: Edwin Choy, MD, PhD  more...
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Chest x-ray is recommended in all patients with AIDS-associated Kaposi sarcoma to assess for pulmonary involvement. Radiographic findings in Kaposi sarcoma are variable and nonspecific and may include any of the following:

  • Diffuse reticulonodular infiltrates
  • Interstitial infiltrates
  • Pleural effusions
  • Hilar or mediastinal lymphadenopathy
  • An isolated pulmonary nodule

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