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abbreviation,  Kaposi's sarcoma. Cancer of the blood vessels caused by a herpes virus. This is one of the most common opportunistic infections and is considered an AIDS-defining condition in the United States. Symptoms include red, pink, or purple spots on the skin or internal organs.
 
an abnormal or cancerous proliferation of cells and blood and/or lymph vessels causing tumors on the skin, mucous membranes and/or internal organs. KS typically appears as pink or purple flat or raised lesions. Types include classic KS, African KS, and AIDS-related or transplant-related KS. KS is associated with a herpesvirus (KSHV, or HHV-8). It occurs more commonly among HIV positive gay and bisexual men than among others with HIV disease, indicating that it may be sexually transmitted.
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An AIDS-defining illness consisting of individual cancerous lesions caused by an overgrowth of blood vessels. KS typically appears as pink or purple painless spots or nodules on the surface of the skin or oral cavity. KS also can occur internally, especially in the intestines, lymph nodes, and lungs, and in this case is life threatening. The cancer may spread and also attack the eyes. There has been considerable speculation that KS is not a spontaneous cancer but is sparked by a virus. A species of herpes virus -- also referred to as Kaposi's Sarcoma herpes virus (KSHV) or HHV-8 -- similar to the Epstein-Barr virus is currently under extensive investigation. Up to now, KS has been treated with alpha interferon, radiation therapy (outside the oral cavity), and various systemic and intralesional cancer chemotherapies.
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Blood vessels which grow rapidly and cause pink to purple painless spots on the skin. KS can also grow in other places such as the lungs. It can be accompanied by fever, enlarged lymph nodes and stomach problems.
Bible DictionaryLabtests Abbreviations
ketosteroids; Kaposi's sarcoma

 

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