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Kaposi Sarcoma B060

Last amended 
23 January 2020
Current RMA Instruments
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP1 of 2020
Balance of Probabilities SOP 2 of 2020
Changes from previous instruments

SOP Bulletin 212

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

Kaposi 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
  • classic Kaposi sarcoma
  • endemic Kaposi sarcoma
  • immunosuppression-related Kaposi sarcoma
  • HIV / AIDS associated Kaposi sarcoma
  • Kaposi's sarcoma
Clinical onset

Clinical onset will be when the lesions on the skin (or elsewhere), subsequently confirmed to be Kaposi 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.