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Kaposi's Sarcoma

Kaposi's Sarcoma

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.

Although Kaposi's 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.

Kaposi's sarcoma may be treated with radiation or chemotherapy.

Current as of: June 4, 2014

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine

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