Most patients present with cutaneous disease visceral

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organs. Most patients present with cutaneous disease. Visceral disease may occasionally precede cutaneous manifestations. Lesions have been reported in autopsy series involving virtually every organ. 2 Etiology KS is caused by infection with a virus called the Kaposi sarcoma associated human herpes virus. If the cells infected the blood line, it brings cells to divide too much and live for much longer. When cells divide too much and multiply it can cause different types of cancer. 3 Epidemiology Patient were first diagnosed with KS during the AIDS epidemic. During the epidemic, there were almost 100,000 cases per year. Since then there have only been about 2,500 cases per year. KS generally occur with patients with HIV and AIDS and just recently with the herpes virus. The ages diagnosed is between 20 to 50 years of and does not discriminate in sex or race. 4 Clinical Manifestations Clinical manifestations would include skin lesion that are brown, red or even purple in color. Rashes, small bumps, or ulcers may appear anywhere on the skin or mucous membranes. Lesion would later feel hard and solid. Aside from the surface, flu like symptoms would likely manifest. 5 Diagnosis Since KS is a type of cancer, doctors would first have to perform a biopsy. A sample would be taken from a suspected sight and sent for testing. The doctor would also ask for X-rays to ensure it has not spread to the internal organs as well. A test for HIV and herpes would have to be performed to treat the underlining
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  • Spring '18
  • Aldom
  • SARCOMA, Kaposi’s sarcoma, Alexander Birukoff

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