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Can KS cause excessive sweating?
Dec 23, 2001

I have recently been diagnosed with KS and was wondering if excessive sweating was a byproduct of this diagnosis. I sweat profusely from my armpits, behind the knees and around my anus. I was wondering if this was due to the proliferation of newly formed blood vessels or maybe even swollen lymphnodes.

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Response from Dr. Dezube

It would be most unusual for Kaposi's sarcoma to be the cause of excessive sweating. I suppose it's possible if the KS lesions were in a critical location which was close to sweat glands; however, I have never observed this.

Perhaps something else is going on-- have you been started on new HIV meds? (that is something which can alter you sweat pattern and body smells); has the diagnosis of KS created unusual levels of anxiety? (that also can alter sweat patterns and body smells). If the problem continues, I would urge you to see your health provider.

If you get treatment for you KS, and your excessive sweating goes away, then perhaps there was a link. What's the stage of your KS and how is it going to be treated?

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