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September 1954


AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;70(3):342-346. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540210082013

IN A RECENT report, Cajaffa1 presented the case of a 29-year-old woman with cutaneous lesions of Kaposi's sarcoma, who, in addition, showed osteoatrophy of the bones of one foot. He then searched the literature on the subject and was able to find nothing except for the simple statement by Casuccio2 that in hemorrhagic and vascular diseases, among them Kaposi's sarcoma, bony changes may be found. Cajaffa then looked for cases of Kaposi's sarcoma in the dermatology clinic of the University of Bari, Italy, and there found 16. Of these, only three were available for examination and all three demonstrated osteoporosis of the extremities on roentgenographic study. In commenting on these observations, he stated that the osteoporosis is localized either under the cutaneous lesions or at a point distal to them; that it is more marked the longer the duration and extent of the cutaneous lesions; and that, on

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