Kaposi's sarcoma versus bacillary angiomatosis

BD Caldwell Department of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, USA.

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D Kushner Department of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, USA.

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B Young Department of Podiatric Medicine, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, USA.

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Persons with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are subject to a host of pathologic entities secondary to a depressed immune system. Kaposi's sarcoma frequently presents in this immunocompromised population and, therefore, diagnosis seems clinically straightforward. However, because of the prevalence of a strikingly similar infectious disease known as bacillary angiomatosis, skin biopsy of one or more lesions is crucial.

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