Friday, October 19, 2012

Histopathological analysis of vesicular and bullous lesions in Kaposi sarcoma.

Histopathological analysis of vesicular and bullous lesions in Kaposi sarcoma.

Aug 2012


BACKGROUND: In this study, the clinical and morphological features of vesiculobullous lesions observed inKaposi sarcoma are analyzed, and the features of bullous Kaposi sarcoma cases are emphasized.


A total of 178 biopsy materials of 75 cases diagnosed as classic-type cutaneous Kaposi sarcoma were reviewed. Twenty-five cases showing vesiculobullous features were included in the study. Tumor, epidermis, dermis, and clinical data regarding these cases was evaluated.


Vesicular changes were observed in 21 (12%) out of 178 lesions of the 75 cases, while bullous changes were present in only 4 (2%). In all cases where vesicular and bullous changes were detected, tumor, epidermis, and dermis changes were similar. All cases were nodular stage KS lesions, whereas hyperkeratosis and serum exudation in the epidermis, marked edema in the dermis, and enlarged lymphatic vessels and chronic inflammatory response were observed.


Our findings suggest that changes in vascular resistance occurring during tumor progression are the most important factors comprising vesiculobullous morphology. Virtual slides The virtual slide(s) for this article can be found here:

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