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IMAJ | volume

Journal 7, July 2006
pages: 489-493

Human Herpesvirus-8: Beyond Kaposi's

    Summary

     Today, more than 10 years and 2000 articles since human herpesvirus 8 was first described by Chang et al., novel insights into the transmission and molecular biology of HHV-8[1] have unveiled a new spectrum of diseases attributed to the virus. The association of HHV-8 with proliferative disorders – including Kaposi's sarcoma, multicentric Castleman disease and primary effusion lymphoma – is well established. Other aspects of HHV-8 infection are currently the subject of accelerated research. Primary HHV-8 infection may manifest as a mononucleosis-like syndrome in the immunocompetent host, or in various forms in the immunocompromised host. The association of HHV-8 with primary pulmonary hypertension was observed by Cool et al. in 2003, but six clinical trials evaluating the role of HHV-8 in pulmonary hypertension have not been able to replicate this intriguing observation. It has been speculated that HHV-8 may secondarily infect proliferating endothelium in patients with pulmonary hypertension. HHV-8 epidemiology, modes of transmission, new spectrum of disease and treatment are presented and discussed.


    [1] HHV-8 = human herpesvirus 8

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