The nurse is caring for a patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). To evaluate for early signs of Kaposi's sarcoma, the nurse assesses the patient for lesions that are:


• Cutaneous lesions associated with Kaposi's sarcoma are usually papular (but may be macular or nodular), nonpruritic, bilateral, and pink, brown, or violet

• Mucous membrane involvement is common

• Kaposi's sarcoma is an opportunistic infection caused by human herpesvirus 8, an oncovirus. It causes tumor cells to form lesions on the skin

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