Kaposi's sarcoma


Kaposi's sarcoma
Ka·po·si's sarcoma 'kap-ə-zēz-, kə-'pō-, -sēz- n a neoplastic disease affecting esp. the skin and mucous membranes, characterized esp. by the formation of pink to reddish-brown or bluish tumorous plaques, macules, papules, or nodules esp. on the lower extremities, and formerly limited primarily to elderly men in whom it followed a benign course but now being a major and sometimes fatal disease associated with immunodeficient individuals with AIDS abbr. KS
Ka·po·si 'kȯ-pō-shē Moritz (1837-1902)
Hungarian dermatologist. Kaposi taught and practiced at a leading clinic of dermatology in Vienna. He was the author of a number of original descriptions of skin diseases including the condition now known as Kaposi's sarcoma.

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a malignant tumour arising from blood vessels in the skin and appearing as purple to dark brown plaques or nodules. It is common in Africa but rare in the Western world, except in patients with AIDS. The tumour evolves slowly; radiotherapy is the treatment of choice for localized lesions but chemotherapy may be of value in metastatic disease.
M. Kaposi (1837-1902), Austrian dermatologist

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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