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J Electron Microsc Tech. 1988 Jan;8(1):137-58.

Malignancies in the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

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Department of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710.


Malignancies frequently arise in patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), including those patients classified as having the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Currently, Kaposi's sarcoma and certain types of lymphoma are considered to develop as a result of HIV infection, and other cancers have also been reported in these patients. For the most part, ultrastructural study of HIV-associated malignancies has been limited to Kaposi's sarcoma; the ultrastructural features of the epidemic form of this disease are generally the same as those of the classical form. The occurrence of these cancers in HIV-infected individuals appears to be related to the immunodeficiency caused by this virus, but the basic etiologic mechanisms remain unknown. In general, only palliative treatments are presently available for HIV-associated malignancies.

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