Cardiac tumors - malignant
Kaposi sarcoma

Topic Completed: 1 November 2013

Revised: 27 September 2019

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PubMed Search: Kaposi sarcoma [title] heart

Related Topics: Soft tissue Kaposi sarcoma

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Kaposi sarcoma. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/hearttumorkaposi.html. Accessed October 16th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Occurs in patients with skin and visceral lesions in classic and epidemic forms of disease
  • Heart involvement in 5% of HIV+ patients historically
  • Usually epicardial and pericardial involvement with minimal myocardial infiltration
Case reports
Gross description
  • Focal, small, firm, red-brown nodules
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Slit like vascular spaces with atypical spindle cells, endothelial cells and red blood cell extravasation
Microscopic (histologic) images
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Atypical spindle cells, extravasated red blood cells and slit-like vascular spaces

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