Kaposi sarcoma of the lung

Kim, Christina; Shu, David
July 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/1/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 1, p107
Academic Journal
The article provides information on the symptoms of Kaposi sarcoma, a cancer of the skin caused by the Human Herpes Virus 8 (HHV-8) which is a common manifestation to patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Symptoms of the virus usually appears on the skin, the mouth, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract. An HIV-positive man diagnosed in British Columbia was seen to carry multiple violaceous papules and nodules on his back, chest and hard palate while his chest has pulmonary nodules and was positive from immunohistochemistry result for HHV-8. Kaposi sarcoma is not curable, patients that carries the virus has a 50% chance of survival with a lifespan of 19 months or a maximum of 5 years.


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