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Kaposi Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Immunosuppressive Therapy–related Kaposi Sarcoma

Immunosuppressive therapy–related Kaposi sarcoma is found in patients who have had an organ transplant (for example, a kidney, heart, or liver transplant). These patients take drugs to keep their immune systems from attacking the new organ. When the body's immune system is weakened by these drugs, diseases like Kaposi sarcoma can develop.

Immunosuppressive therapy–related Kaposi sarcoma often affects only the skin, but may also occur in the mucous membranes or certain other organs of the body.

This type of Kaposi sarcoma is also called transplant-related or acquired Kaposi sarcoma.

  • Updated: October 15, 2014