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A 24-year-old male asked:

As a hiv positive can i believe that a chest x-ray is enough to eliminate possible kaposi sarcoma of the lungs?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Probably yes, but...: When Kaposi sarcoma develops in advanced HIV infection, the first evidence almost always is on the skin. If you have normal skin, you can safely assume you don't have it in your lungs. KS develops only in advanced immune deficiency due to HIV. If you have a high CD4 count and low viral load, and especially if on proper treatment with ARV drugs, KS is low risk. Discuss with your HIV doctor/clinic.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

Doesn't chest x Ray eliminate the existence of Lung Kaposi Sarcoma for an Hiv individual??

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
Diagnostic Radiology 24 years experience
Not always.: Kaposi Sarcoma in the lung may not be visible on a simple chest x-ray. It may require a more advanced study called a Chest CT which allows doctors to look inside the lung on a more high resolution level. There are many cases when someone with KS in the lung had a normal chest xray. Hopefully this answers your question.
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Last updated Mar 1, 2016


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