Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS)


Kaposi’s sarcoma is a cancer that is caused by human herpes virus 8 infection.


This form of cancer was first documented by Dr. Moritz Kaposi in 1872.

It became known as a AIDS defining illness in the 1980’s, when it was one of the most common symptoms seen in conjunction with HIV infection.


Kaposi’s sarcoma is an abnormal or cancerous proliferation of the lymphatic endothelium that causes the formation of tumors on the skin, mucous membranes and internal organs.

Kaposi’s sarcoma typically appears as pink or purple flat or raised lesions (papulae) seen on the skin.


Abbey, Nancy, Ganem, Don, Herndier,Brian, Kedes, Dean, Mcgrath, Michael, Renne, Rolf and Zhong, Weidong. 1996. Lytic growth of Kaposi’s sarcoma−associated herpesvirus (human herpesvirus eight) in culture. Nature Medicine. 2, 342 – 346.

Beral, V, Berkelman RL, Jaffe HW, and Peterman TA. 1990. Kaposi’s sarcoma among persons with AIDS: a sexually transmitted infection? The Lancet. 335 (8682) :123-128.


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