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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
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
How long does human herpes 8 virus , the one that causes kaposi sarcoma, live outside the body on a door handle?
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