Kaposi's sarcoma of the hand

Kaposi's sarcoma of the hand

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Credit: DR M.A. ANSARY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Kaposi's sarcoma tumours. Image 2 of 2. Multiple Kaposi's sarcoma tumours on the hand of a patient with AIDS. AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It causes a gradual weakening of the immune system, making otherwise harmless infections life-threatening. Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of skin cancer. In AIDS it often spreads to other tissues and can be rapidly fatal. This image was taken in Africa, where lack of access to medicine and information makes AIDS a major public health concern. This cancer had been treated by chemotherapy for 3 years, but developed resistance. See M112/298 for the hand before this.

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