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Kaposi’s Sarcoma: Insights into its understanding

K. Badari Rao


Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS) is a common vascular tumor arising in human immunodefi ciency virus (HIV) infected patients and is one of the 27 conditions designated by the Centers for Disease Control as an acquired immunodefi ciency syndrome (AIDS) defi ning illness. Human herpes virus-8 (HHV-8), now called KS-associated herpes virus (KSHV), is a member of γ herpes virus family and is considered as the causative agent of KS. This review aims to discuss KS and its association with HIV/AIDS with an emphasis on oral features, the role of HHV-8/KSHV in causation of KS, and the current challenges faced in the management of the disease.


Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; human herpes virus-8; Kaposi’s sarcoma

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