Kaposi's sarcoma is a cancer of the walls of the blood vessels caused by the human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8). It may also affect other body tissues, including the
throat, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract.
Kaposi's syndrome usually appears as pink to purple
spots or bumps on the skin or mucous membranes.
sarcoma is rare, it is more common in people who have impaired immune systems,
such as people who have HIV infection or AIDS. In the past, the disease mostly
affected older people of Mediterranean descent.
may be treated with radiation or chemotherapy.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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