ID#: 14432
This photomicrograph of a human skin biopsy specimen, revealed histopathologic changes seen in a what was diagnosed as a Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) lesion. Of importance was the appearance of the dermal layer, which contained a cellular infiltrate, and a proliferation of vascular elements. KS is a malignant tumor of the lymphatic endothelium caused by the human herpesvirus 8 (HHV8), also known as Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), and arises from a cancer of the lymphatic endothelial 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 Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. Peter Drotman
Creation Date: 1983
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