Under the title "Idiopathic Multiple Pigment Sarcoma of the Skin," Kaposi1 first described, in 1872, the disease which is now associated with his name. In 1894 he changed the designation to "sarcoma idiopathicum multiplex haemorrhagicum," to indicate better the source of pigment in the lesions. In his classic descriptions he mentioned the symmetry and multiplicity of the lesions from the onset as characteristic for the condition.
Since that time many variations from the original picture have been noted by various observers, but there have been relatively few cases reported in which, through a fairly long course, the disease remained unilateral and restricted to one or a small group of lesions. In this connection the case reported here, which was presented before the Gesellschaft der Aerzte in Vienna on Jan. 8, 1926,2 is interesting in that, although the condition was present for six years, death from other causes intervening,
WEBSTER JR. SARCOMA IDIOPATHICUM MULTIPLEX HAEMORRHAGICUM (KAPOSI): VARIATIONS FROM THE USUAL CLINICAL PICTURE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(3):363–368. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460150029002
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