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What are they symptoms of kaposi sarcoma?

What are they symptoms of kaposi sarcoma?

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

Dr. Dominic Riganotti
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Kaposi's Sarcoma (Definition)

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


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What are the different stages of kaposi sarcoma?

What are the different stages of kaposi sarcoma?

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

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What do you do after surgery for kaposi sarcoma?

What do you do after surgery for kaposi sarcoma?

Monitor: Keep checking for new lesions. Removing an individual lesion does not prevent the formation of new lesions at a different site. ...Read more

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Is kaposi sarcoma just aids or any other disease?

Is kaposi sarcoma just aids or any other disease?

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

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When does kaposi sarcoma come in the course of aids?

Usually late: Usually at fairly advanced stages (cd4 count usually below 200)' but ks doesn't always play b the rules. It can sometimes happen to people with high cd4 counts. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats kaposi sarcoma?

What kind of doctor treats kaposi sarcoma?

Derm, Onc, HIV: Ks may be treated by a variety of types of physicians including: dermatologist hiv specialist hematologist/oncologist. ...Read more

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What is kaposi sarcoma?

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 more

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What is a kaposi sarcoma?

What is a kaposi sarcoma?

A rare cancer: Kaposi's sarcoma is a relatively uncommon cancer that is most often associated with HIV or older age. A virus called hhv8 is associated with many of these cancers. ...Read more

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Can kaposi sarcoma change colors?

Can kaposi sarcoma change colors?

Usually red or black: Kaposi is full of blood so should be red to black in color. ...Read more

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What are the stages of a kaposi sarcoma?

Skin only, nodes ,: Lapland in elderly involvesxskin only using on the feet, can spread to lymph nodes and nil ate stages internally to liver and spoken as well as esophagus and lung. Early kpaosi is easily treatable. ...Read more

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Are initial signs kaposi sarcoma ks patches, painless?

Are initial signs kaposi sarcoma ks patches, painless?

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 more

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When does kaposi sarcoma come in when having aids? Is it like 1 year or 2 years?

When does kaposi sarcoma come in when having aids?  Is it like 1 year or 2 years?

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

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My husband had kaposi sarcoma cancer , could he have a child who would not inherit this?

Yes: Kaposi sarcoma is caused by a virus, human herpesvirus 8, so your husband's son will not inherit the disease. ...Read more

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

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

It doesn't really: very long on inanimate objects. The virus "dies" outside a living tissue. If it lived for very long virtually everyone would have it. We all would have picked up on the door handle of our local Starbucks. ...Read more

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How quickly does kaposi sarcoma show in the mouth?

How quickly does kaposi sarcoma show in the mouth?

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

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How likely is an chest x Ray will miss a Kaposi sarcoma?

How likely is an chest x Ray will miss a Kaposi sarcoma?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sarcoma (Definition)

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