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Am J Clin Pathol. 1992 May;97(5):713-8.

Bacillary epithelioid angiomatosis involving the liver, spleen, and skin in an AIDS patient with concurrent Kaposi's sarcoma.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Metropolitan-Mount Sinai Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


The simultaneous findings of bacillary epithelioid angiomatosis and Kaposi's sarcoma of the skin with visceral hepatosplenic bacillary epithelioid angiomatosis is reported in a patient with acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Liver biopsy showed periportal peliotic spindle cell foci that initially were misinterpreted as Kaposi's sarcoma. After antibiotic therapy induced rapid clinical improvement, repeated liver biopsy showed resolution of the previously noted lesions. Although the violaceous skin lesions all appeared similar clinically, some resolved completely and some progressed. One of the latter was biopsied and had the histologic features of Kaposi's sarcoma. The differential diagnosis is discussed.

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