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Kaposi's Sarcoma

Kaposi's Sarcoma: Introduction

Kaposi's Sarcoma: Kaposi's sarcoma is a cancerous tumor of the connective tissue, and is often associated with AIDS. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Kaposi's Sarcoma is available below.

Symptoms of Kaposi's Sarcoma

Treatments for Kaposi's Sarcoma

  • Radiotherapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immune stimulation
  • 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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Kaposi's Sarcoma: Deaths

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Kaposi's Sarcoma: Complications

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  • Internal bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Anemia
  • Kaposi's sarcoma can involve the lungs and cause significant symptoms, including cough and shortness of breath. This diagnosis is made by a CT scan of the chest and a bronchoscopy. 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 Kaposi's Sarcoma

  • AIDS
  • 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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Prognosis for Kaposi's Sarcoma

Prognosis for 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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Definitions of Kaposi's Sarcoma:

A malignant vascular tumor characterized by the abnormal growth of blood vessels, that develop into skin lesions and appears as purple spots or small knots on the skin or mouth. It may also occur internally. It generally develops in those with a weak immune system, including those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). - (Source - Diseases Database)

A sarcoma that starts with purplish spots on the feet and legs and spreads from the skin to lymph nodes and internal organs; a common manifestation of AIDS; "until 1980 Kaposi's sarcoma occurred almost exclusively with Jewish or Italian or black men" - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Kaposi's Sarcoma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Kaposi's Sarcoma, or a subtype of Kaposi's Sarcoma, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Kaposi's Sarcoma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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