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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2002 February;137(1):53-6

Copyright © 2002 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Disseminated Kaposi’s sarcoma associated with chronic hepatitis C virus infection and autoimmune thrombocytopenia in a hiv-negative patient: report of a case

Quaglino P., Durazzo M., Doveil G. C.

Università degli Studi - Torino Dipartimento di Discipline Medico-Chirurgiche Sezione di Dermatologia I Clinica Dermatologica *Dipartimento di Medicina Interna Sezione di Gastroenterologia


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The onset of disseminated Kaposi’s sarcoma lesions in a male HIV-negative patient with a clinical history of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection and autoimmune thrombocytopenia is reported. Even if HCV infection has been associated with a series of cutaneous diseases, there is no report in the literature as to the association of disseminated Kaposi’s sarcoma and HCV infection in non-AIDS patients. The association could not be casual, in as much as the immune system HCV-related dysregulation could be the triggering factor for the development of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

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