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kaposi and other skin problems
Dec 28, 1999

I get a variety of skin problems on my lower legs including patches of eczema and purpuric purpura. I have found myself getting a little paranoid and wondering if each thing might be kaposi's. Is there any convenient way that I can rule it out just by looking, since there is no point in bothering doctors with the same skin conditions they've seen several times anyway? For example, does kaposi's appear as a wider patch or always grow from a very small spot?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

KS usually appears as a small purplish spot and grows larger over time. Purpura, the medical term for black and blue spots, may be any size but are usually larger than KS lesions, and resolve within a few weeks, turning purplish, then greenish-yellow before they fade entirely. KS lesions do not fade.


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