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July 1964

SAN FRANCISCO DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Arch Dermatol. 1964;90(1):108. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01600010114029

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Abstract

Kaposi's Sarcoma of the Palate. Presented by Dr. Robert C. Vanina.  The patient is a 45-year-old white man with a lesion on the hard palate which had been present for two years. When first seen by me on Dec 31, 1962, there was a red, spongy, beefy lesion on the hard palate. A biopsy taken previously had been interpreted as "chronic inflammation." The lesion was irritated by smoking and by certain foods. Numerous pseudohyphae were found in the area, and the lesion improved slightly with nystatin mouth washes.Pathology: Consultation with Dr. Richard Skahen resulted in a diagnosis of Kaposi's sarcoma. There was a diffuse proliferation of disorderly and abnormal-appearing blood vessels. The blood vessels had irregular walls. The nuclei are, at times, extremely large, pleomorphic, and have a distinctly malignant appearance. An occasional nerve can be seen with proliferation of vascular channels in the perineural space.

Discussion  Dr. Ervin

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