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Volume 46, Number 4, August 2013

Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome of Kaposi’s sarcoma in an HIV-infected patient 

Ching-Lan Lu, Sui-Yuan Chang, Yu-Tzu Tseng , Bing-Ru Wu, Wen-Chun Liu, Chia-Yin Hsieh, Pei-Ying Wu, Hsin-Yun Sun, Chien-Ching Hung

Received: November 28, 2011    Revised: December 30, 2011    Accepted: January 11, 2012   


Corresponding author:

Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, 7 Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei, Taiwan.
E-mail address: (C.-C. Hung). 


Background and purpose: 

We present a case of Kaposi’s sarcoma-related immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in an HIV-infected patient who developed fever, worsening pulmonary infiltrates with respiratory
distress, and progression of skin tumors at the popliteal region and thigh that resulted in limitation on movement of the right knee joint at 3.5 months following a significant increase of CD4 count after combination antiretroviral therapy. 


Key words:

Combination antiretroviral therapy; HIV infection; Human herpes virus 8; Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome; Kaposi’s sarcoma