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April 1980

Treatment of Kaposi's Sarcoma

Arch Dermatol. 1980;116(4):382. doi:10.1001/archderm.1980.01640280018005

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  Odom and Goette reported in the Archives (114:1693-1694,1978) the successful treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma with intralesional injections of vincristine sulfate. We recently had the opportunity to treat a patient with widespread Kaposi's sarcoma in a similar manner, with equally favorable results.

Report of a Case.—  A 72-year-old man had a large infiltrated purpuric plaque on the medial plantar aspect of his left foot that had developed about ten years earlier. No diagnosis was made until late 1978, when he was examined by a dermatologist in Houston. Examination at that time showed, in addition to the original lesion, two irregular, oval, 1.0 × 2.0-cm, violaceous plaques on the inner aspect of each thigh. A biopsy specimen of the foot lesion was interpreted as Kaposi's sarcoma, and the patient was treated with local radiotherapy (a total of 375 rads in five treatments) to his left foot.Examination at the

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