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Kaposi Sarcoma Eye
Originally diagnosed as a dark red nodular chronic skin tumor of the lower legs . It took years to metastasize and could be locally resected or treated by RT. With advent of HIV these lesions were then noted on trunk and H&N region. When bx of new lesions taken, Herpes 8 proved to be an associated factor. When HIV patient given immune stimulant and vaccine for ...Read more
Soft tissue cancer: It is a rare cancer of the soft tissues which appear as raised red or purple lesions of the skin or in the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. It can occur in immune compromised patients, those with advanced hiv/aids and elderly men. Survival rates are 50-60% and treatment options incllude surgery, radiation, chemotherapy (advanced cases). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Kaposi sarcoma is a malignancy of the blood vessel wall; it can occur in men of middle eastern descent and is usually not aggressive, it can also appear with HIV (aggressive) . The lesions usually appear as purplish bumps on the skin. They may also appear in the mouth or GI tract and can be a cause of bleeding. Sometimes they can become painful if they progress in size. Hope that this is helpful. ...Read more
Skin vs. visceral: There are no specific stages, but the earliest form of ks is usually cutaneous (skin lesions), which can be mild or severe depending on how extensive it is. People with extensive ks or more advanced immunosuppression can develop visceral ks: involvement of internal organs such as the GI tract or lungs. Of those, lung involvement is usually has the worst prognosis. ...Read more
Not quickly: Ks in the mouth is no longer a common disease among aids patients, so we do not see as many cases as we saw in the 90s. There are a number of mouth abnormalities that could look like ks, that are far more common than ks. An oral mucosa biopsy is a relatively easy and painless procedure that will definitely help clarify any doubts. Once a biopsy is obtained, it is an easy diagnosis to make. ...Read more
Usually misses it: You asked about this before. A chest xray almost always will miss Kaposi sarcoma, which doesn't usually cause lung or chest problems. If someone doesn't have KS skin lesions, they have little chance of having it anywhere else in the body. If you remain concerned, discuss with your personal physician. ...Read more
Does kaposi sarcoma blanch when you push down on it, there has been a lesion on my arm that is in the cubital fossa, when i extend - it turns white ?
KAPOSI SARCOMA: KAPOSI SARCOMA ARE RARELY SEEN NOW DAYS WITH THE INCREASINGLY MORE POTENT ANTIRETROVIRALS. THEY ARE USUALLY PURPLEISH AND CAN OCCUR ON LEGS/ ARM/THORAXLUNGS/GI TRACT. THIS USUALLY HAPPTENS WITH VERY HIGH VIRAL LOAD &RNA AND VERY LOW T CELL COUNTS. IF YOU ARE INDEED HIV + SEE YOUR ID SPECIALIST & DERM. GET LABS RECHECKED AND DISCUSS OPTIONS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most but not all: In the U.S. It's mostly due to aids. However, ks can occur in hiv-negative people. "endemic ks" occurs in young african men who don't have hiv, and "classic" ks affects middle age men of mediterranean or jewish descent. Ks can also occur in people who are immunosuppressed due to chemotherapy or organ transplantation. ...Read more
How long does human herpes 8 virus , the one that causes kaposi sarcoma, live outside the body on a door handle?
Yes: Why do you ask? If you are HIV positive, there are many other possibilities to explain pulmonary symptoms. Kaposi's spreads along the fibrous septa of the lungs and will be visible to the radiologist as increased interstitial markings if it is symptomatic. I am glad you are health conscious. Best wishes. ...Read more
Kaposi was: The purple badge at the height of the HIV crisis, but is not seen very frequently at all in the age of highly active anti-retroviral therapy. We know that people with low cd-4 counts and measurable viral loads are stil at risk for all of the "immunocompromised" diseases, but religiously comliant hiv+ folks commonly have rising cd-4 counts and undetectable hiv. Counts not time! ...Read more
By definition, it is malignant (i.e., being locally invasive and at least theoreticlally capable of metastasizing), and arises from / mimics muscle or connective tissue elements that are not marrow or immune / white cells. The sarcomas are a tremendously varied and troublesome family of tumors, though thankfully less common than carcinomas and the leukemia / ...Read more