A.A. OTU, M.B., B.S., Ph.D.
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To the editor: The number of patients with endemic (classic) Kaposi's sarcoma seen in tropical Africa greatly exceeds that seen in all other continents. Kaposi's sarcoma may present different clinical pictures in the African countries in which it is endemic.
In Nigeria, patients present late with cutaneous lesions, most frequently on the legs (1). The affected limbs bear large fungating tumours in association with nodules of various sizes. Massive lymphoedema, symmetrical in distribution, is common. Gangrene of the legs and feet requiring amputation is frequent. All cases reported in Nigeria have been in men with a mean age of 30
OTU A. Kaposi's Sarcoma in Nigeria. Ann Intern Med. 1985;102:863. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-6-863_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(6):863.
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