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March 26, 1982

Disseminated Kaposi's Sarcoma in a Homosexual Man

JAMA. 1982;247(12):1739-1741. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320370053032

KAPOSI'S sarcoma is a type of angiosarcoma in which the first manifestations frequently are purplish cutaneous nodules of the lower extremities. In the United States, it occurs more commonly in elderly Italian and Jewish men. Although an especially aggressive variety is endemic in black men in certain parts of Africa, it is rare in American black men. Recently, there has been an epidemic of Kaposi's sarcoma among homosexual men in New York City and California.1

Report of a Case  A 35-year-old homosexual man was admitted to Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami in August 1980 with a 2-cm reddish-blue firm plaque on the lateral aspect of his left thigh that had been present since May 1980. The patient had had proctitis on many occasions, as well as gonorrhea and syphilis. Colonoscopy three months before admission had shown numerous firm, dark red, polypoid lesions beginning near the anus and