Dermatomyositis complicated with Kaposi sarcoma: A case report

Sara Simeoni, Antonio Puccetti, Sara Moruzzi, Elisa Tinazzi, Dimitri Peterlana, Claudio Lunardi

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We describe the case of a 75-year-old Italian woman affected by dermatomyositis (DM) treated with steroid, high-dose intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIgs) and cyclophosphamide (CPX), taken orally. After a few months, the patient presented multiple red vascular skin lesions diagnosed as Kaposi sarcoma (KS). Steroid was furtherly reduced, and CPX was stopped. We put the patient on chemotherapy with intravenous infusion of vinblastine and vincristine on alternate weeks obtaining the remission of KS. DM is well controlled by a low-dosage steroid and high-dose IVIgs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-442
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Rheumatology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


  • Dermatomyositis
  • Kaposi sarcoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology


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