Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is a cancerous tumor due to the presence of a virus called the Human herpesvirus 8, or HHV-8. Kaposi’s sarcoma, commonly, occurs in multiple locations on the skin and mostly around the mouth, nose, genitals, and anus. While Kaposi’s sarcoma does not necessarily have symptoms, however, the most common symptoms of Kaposi’s sarcoma include bleeding, and shortness of breath.
HOW IS KAPOSI'S SARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
A general physician may diagnose the condition by a thorough physical examination as the skin lesions can be prominent, even though not painful. Other tests that will be performed to confirm the diagnosis include chest x-ray, biopsy, bronchoscopy and gastrointestinal endoscopy to identify the spread of the disease.
HOW IS KAPOSI'S SARCOMA TREATED?
In most cases of Kaposi’s sarcoma, HAART is the most suitable treatment method that can even clear skin lesions. Other treatment methods are: radiation treatment, surgical removal and treatment with panretin gel.
DID YOU KNOW?
Kaposi's Sarcoma can cause serious problems or even become life threatening when the lesions are in the lungs, liver, or digestive tract. KS in the digestive tract, for example, can cause bleeding, while tumors in the lungs may cause trouble breathing.