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Description:Under a low magnification, this photomicrograph depicts the histopathologic changes seen in human skin biopsy specimen due to Kaposi’s sarcoma. Of importance is the normal appearance of the most superficial epidermal layer on the far left, which was overlying the dermal layer, which contained a cellular infiltrate, and a proliferation of vascular elements.
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/Dr. Peter Drotman
Creation Date:1983
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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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