Researcher pursues novel path to fight Kaposi's sarcoma
Many scientists who study Kaposi's sarcoma believe the inflammation that occurs with the disease is caused by endothelial cells that line the body's blood vessels. A viral immunologist at Upstate had another theory. Christine King, PhD, suspected a different culprit: mast cells, which release histamines and other substances during allergic reactions. She tells about a patient with Kaposi's sarcoma (also written as Kaposi sarcoma or KS) whose symptoms improved tremendously after he began taking allergy medications. Click here for a research paper she contributed to on this topic.