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What Does Kaposi's Sarcoma Look Like
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
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
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
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
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