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African Kaposi's sarcoma

African Kaposi's sarcoma: Introduction

African Kaposi's sarcoma: Endemic Kaposi sarcoma (KS) occurs in people living in Equatorial Africa and is sometimes called African KS. An aggressive form of African Kaposi's sarcoma can spread quickly to the bones. Another form found in African children does not affect the skin. Instead, it spreads through the lymph nodes and vital organs, and can quickly become fatal. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of African Kaposi's sarcoma is available below.

Symptoms of African Kaposi's sarcoma

  • Bleeding from gastrointestinal lesions
  • Shortness of breath from lesions in the lung
  • Bloody sputum from lesions in the lung
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Treatments for African Kaposi's sarcoma

  • Treatment decisions depend on the extent and location of the lesions, as well as the person's symptoms and degree of immunosuppression. Antiviral therapy against the AIDS virus can shrink the lesions
  • Radiation therapy or cryotherapy can be used for lesions in certain areas. Combination chemotherapy may also be used. However, lesions may return after treatment
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Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with African Kaposi's sarcoma?

African Kaposi's sarcoma: Complications

Review possible medical complications related to African Kaposi's sarcoma:

  • The tumors can return even after apparently successful treatment. Kaposi's sarcoma can be fatal for a person with AIDS
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Causes of African Kaposi's sarcoma

  • In people with AIDS, Kaposi's sarcoma is caused by an interaction between HIV, a weakened immune system, and the human herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8). Occurrence of Kaposi's sarcoma has been linked to the spread of HIV and HHV-8 through sexual activity
  • People who have kidney transplants are also at risk for Kaposi's sarcoma
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African Kaposi's sarcoma: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and African Kaposi's sarcoma

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African Kaposi's sarcoma: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: African Kaposi's sarcoma

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African Kaposi's sarcoma: Rare Types

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African Kaposi's sarcoma: Animations

Prognosis for African Kaposi's sarcoma

Prognosis for African Kaposi's sarcoma: Treatment and remission of Kaposi's sarcoma does not improve the chances of survival from AIDS itself. The outlook depends on the immune status and HIV viral load of the patient.

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