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January 1953

KAPOSI'S SARCOMA AND DIABETES MELLITUS

Author Affiliations

PROVIDENCE, R. I.

From the Department of Dermatology, Rhode Island Hospital, Dr. Francesco Ronchese, Chief of Service.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;67(1):95-96. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540010099016
Abstract

Kaposi's sarcoma is a disease concerning the etiology of which there has been much controversy. Although today it is generally accepted as a neoplasm, it has been maintained by some1 that it is secondary to chronic inflammation. This inflammatory reaction, in turn, has been explained as being due to some toxic substance.2 Hurlbut and Lincoln3 recently reviewed a series of 13 cases and noted that 6 (46%) of these presented evidence of diabetes mellitus. They stated that this high incidence of diabetes appeared to be more than coincidental. With the idea in mind that further investigation along the line suggested by these authors might perhaps serve to shed some light on the clouded nature of the disease, we have analyzed a series of cases of Kaposi's sarcoma with regard to the presence or absence of diabetes mellitus.

REVIEW OF CASES

The records of the Rhode Island

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