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Lymphovenous bypass surgery for the treatment of Kaposi sarcoma-associated lymphoedema

Blade Olson, Christian Jimenez, Emma Koesters, Ketan M Patel
15 August 2022

Lymphoedema is a sequela of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) that often does not respond adequately to chemoradiotherapy and complete decongestive therapy (CDT). Lymphovenous bypass (LVB) is an option for patients whose lymphedema persists despite conservative treatment. We present the case of a 59-year-old man with a diagnosis of KS due to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), who presented with progressive, bilateral lower-extremity swelling refractory to CDT. This patient’s lymphoedema was successfully treated with LVB, illustrating the applicability of LVB for the treatment of KS-associated lymphoedema.

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