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June 1939

TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE PIGMENTED HEMORRHAGIC SARCOMA (KAPOSI)

Author Affiliations
Pittsburgh
From the Pittsburgh Skin and Cancer Foundation.
Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;39(6):1044. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01480240092015

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Abstract

During the past year we have had a case of typical multiple pigmented hemorrhagic sarcoma (Kaposi).

REPORT OF A CASE  The patient, G. C., a Swede aged 67, presented on both lower extremities numerous firm bluish rounded nodules varying in size from that of a split pea to that of a bean, of one year's duration. Histologic examination confirmed the clinical diagnosis of multiple pigmented hemorrhagic sarcoma.Since we have been using contact roentgen irradiation for intraoral and certain selected superficial cancers, we decided to treat several of these lesions in the same manner. Treatment was directed to one of the largest nodules. A single dose of 1,620 roentgens was given. The factors used were 50 kilovolts, 4 milliamperes, 3 cm. target-skin distance and time six minutes. The inherent filter factor of our contact therapy tube is approximately 0.2 mm. of nickel. (We have found the half value layer

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