Kaposi Sarcoma

  • Dorothea TerhorstEmail author
  • Martina Ulrich
  • Theodore Rosen

Core Messages

  • Four main subtypes of Kaposi Sarcoma (KS) with different epidemiological profiles are recognized, all show a male predominance among affected patients. Its associated infectious agent is human herpes virus type 8.

  • Classic KS mainly affects older men of Mediterranean and Jewish lineage and generally follows an indolent clinical course with lesions that favor the skin of the lower extremities. The AIDS- associated KS almost exclusively afflicts homosexual or bisexual men and is currently considered to be a AIDS- defining disease in industrialized countries.

  • Organ transplant recipients are anouther group susceptible to develop KS.

  • African KS appears in children.

  • Important is the amelioration of immunosup-pression, besides, different local and systemic therapies are available.


Prominent Plasma Cell Undifferentiated Spindle Cell Plasma Cell Component Focal Hemosiderin Deposition Field Electron Beam 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothea Terhorst
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martina Ulrich
  • Theodore Rosen
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Venerology and AllergologyCharité Universty Hospital Berlin, Skin Cancer Center CharitéBerlinGermany

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