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Kaposi’s sarcoma in an HIV-negative patient

  • Author(s): Callahan, Shields
  • Kim, Randie H
  • Brinster, Nooshin
  • Latkowski, Jo-Ann
  • et al.
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Abstract

We report an HIV-negative, 55-year-old manwith recurrent Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) of the lowerextremities, who does not fit into any of thefour previously described variants of KS: classicKS, AIDS-related KS, iatrogenic KS, and AfricanendemicKS. There are reports in the literature ofchildhood-onset KS, which is thought to be dueto an inherited immune deficiency that confers ahigher susceptibility to human Herpesvirus-8 (HHV-8), which is the virus that is known to cause KS. Ourpatient may be affected with an inherited immunedeficiency that has predisposed him to KS, and thismutation also may account for his prostate andbladder cancer.

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