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How is Kaposi sarcoma (KS) diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing Kaposi sarcoma is usually a physical exam that includes an inspection of your skin and a review of your medical history. Then, if doctors suspect Kaposi sarcoma, they will perform a biopsy, which involves removing all or part of the tumor and analyzing it under a microscope. If doctors think that Kaposi sarcoma may be in the lungs, they may use a chest x-ray or a bronchoscopy, which involves putting a tiny tube with a camera down the throat and into the lungs. If doctors think it may be in the digestive tract, they may use different types of endoscopy, which uses a thin tube to look in areas like the stomach and intestine to check for Kaposi sarcoma.

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