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Description:Here we see the medial side of a Kaposi sarcoma patient’s right heel displaying the familiar characteristic violaceous cutaneous plaques indicative of this disease.
Kaposi sarcoma, is a malignant tumor of the lymphatic endothelium caused by the Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8), i.e., Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), and arises from a cancer of the lymphatic endotheial lining. It is characterized by bluish-red cutaneous nodules. Kaposi’s sarcoma is thought of as an opportunistic infection, affecting patients whose immune systems have been compromised, as in the case of patients with HIV/AIDS.
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Content Providers(s):CDC
Creation Date:1986
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Links:CDC - National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention; Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention: HIV/AIDS
CDC – Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal; etymologia: Kaposi [kah'po-she, kap'o-se] sarcoma, Vol. 15, No. 4 - April 2009; Etymologia
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