Classic Kaposi's sarcoma in the Inuit of northern Quebec Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Classic Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is predominantly a disease of eastern Mediterranean and Ashkenazi Jewish elderly men. Nevertheless, the disease has been reported to occur in people from various other ethnic and regional backgrounds. OBJECTIVE: We report, for the first time, the occurrence of classic KS in five Inuit people living in northern Quebec, Canada. METHODS AND RESULTS: We describe the case of a 69-year-old Inuit man with classic KS, and report four other cases of KS in the Inuit population, identified by a review of our hospital's dermatopathology records. CONCLUSION: The discovery of classic KS in the Inuit population of northern Quebec brings with it new questions as to the origins of the KS-associated herpes virus in this population. It is our belief that the answers to these questions are in the genotype of the virus that is present in this community.

publication date

  • February 2005