Kaposis Sarcoma (KS)

Sites

  • Skin, lungs, GI tract, liver, other

Etiology

  • KS development is related to the presence of Human Herpesvirus-8 (HHV 8)

Risk Factors

  • CD4 < 150
  • More common in men who have sex w/men, due to higher prevalence HHV 8 in this group
  • Can also occur in elderly (non-HIV related)

Symptoms

  • Sob, cough
  • Progressive skin nodules on skin
  • Other symptoms related to dysfunction in organ system(s) that are affected

Physical Exam Findings

  • Purplish/red/brown nodules, occur anywhere on skin

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