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Kaposi's Sarcoma B060

Last amended 
26 September 2017
Current RMA Instruments
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP9 of 2011
Balance of Probabilities SOP 10 of 2011
Changes from previous instruments

SOP Bulletin 148

ICD Coding
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 176
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: C46
Brief description

Kaposi's sarcoma is a vascular neoplasm that usually presents with purplish, reddish blue, or dark brown/black skin lesions (macules, nodules, plaques).  Lesions can also occur on mucous membranes and viscera.

Confirming the diagnosis

Diagnosis may be suspected based on the characteristic appearance of the skin lesion/s, but requires confirmation by histology (from biopsy or excision).

The relevant medical practitioner is an oncologist or infectious diseases physician.

Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
  • Nil
Clinical onset

Clinical onset will be when the lesions on the skin (or elsewhere), subsequently confirmed to be Kaposi's sarcoma, were first noticed.

Clinical worsening

The only worsening factor is for inability to obtain appropriate clinical management.  A wide range of treatment options are available and appropriate treatment will depend on the individual circumstances and aetiology.