Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland.
Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a vascular neoplasm pathogenetically linked to human herpesvirus 8. Transplant recipients, in particular renal-transplant recipients (RTRs) are at higher risk for post-transplant (P)-KS which affects 0.2-11% of RTRs. The course of P-KS is influenced by the post-transplantation immunosuppressive treatment. Reduction of immunosuppressive drugs can result in tumour regression, and is the treatment of choice for P-KS, but is associated with the risk for transplant rejection. Imiquimod is a topically applied immunomodulator without relevant systemic absorption, and may thus represent a promising treatment for cutaneous KS in RTRs. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical and histological effects of imiquimod in two RTRs with cutaneous KS. Imiquimod resulted in complete clinical and histologically proven remission in one patient, but in the second patient, although there was clinical remission, histological persistence of KS was found. Imiquimod may represent an effective treatment for RTRs with cutaneous P-KS. However, clinical remission does not necessarily indicate complete tumour regression, as shown in one of our patients, who had a persisting tumour, as shown by biopsy examination. Thus, histological confirmation is crucial to confirm complete response.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.