What are the racial predilections of Kaposi sarcoma (KS)?

Updated: Mar 30, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Kaposi sarcoma is an uncommon disease of middle-aged and elderly American and European men of Mediterranean or Jewish lineage. This propensity also is seen in individuals with iatrogenically induced Kaposi sarcoma but not among persons in the KS-AIDS group. Kaposi sarcoma is rare in American blacks, despite its large foci among blacks in certain regions of Africa.


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