Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics

: 2012  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 164--165

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Pramod Kumar 
 Department of Dermatology, Saham Hospital, Sultanate of Oman

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Pramod Kumar
Department of Dermatology, Saham Hospital, PO Box 582, Saham 319
Sultanate of Oman

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Kumar P. Author's reply.J Can Res Ther 2012;8:164-165

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1) Kaposi sarcoma might have been reported in Arabs earlier, but the reports have been at the best minimal. [1] As mentioned in the paper [2] in question, a search was conducted with terms 'CKS', 'Arabs', 'Middle East' in Pubmed, Google, Google Scholar, Bing and all reports with abstracts screened and cross references checked. Although there are several reports of iatrogenic KS in this population, the search did not return any with CKS in Arabs. The report of Iraqi patients [3] cited in the letter to Editor might have been inadvertently missed as the current practice is to search PUBMED and other sources on internet which are understood to be authentic though not all inclusive.

2) The incidence of a condition may be a common knowledge in a geographical area nevertheless it carries no sanctity in scientific field unless reported and quoted with valid references. It is already mentioned in paper [2] in question and I quote "Although CKS is said to be common in the Middle East, various studies do make a mention of this in their introductory texts without substantiating it with any reference". The letter raises the issue of occurrence of CKS in Arabs and goes on to say that it is also mentioned in textbooks, though it is silent on reference. To clarify further, latest editions of Rook's textbook of dermatology [4] and Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in general medicine [5] are two most popular books in dermatology and do not make any mention of any instance of CKS in Arabs either.

I conclude that the lack of documentation of cases in the Arab ethnic population had prompted me to publish the report [2] and contribute to the data on ethnic and geographic areas reporting CKS.


1Shelleh H. Arabs and Kaposi sarcoma. J Cancer Res Ther 2012. [In press***]
2Kumar P. Classic Kaposi's sarcoma in Arabs - Widening ethnic involvement. J Cancer Res Ther 2011;7:92-4.
3Al Waiz M, Sharquie KE, Al Hamdani GA. An upsurge of new cases of Kaposi's sarcoma in Iraqi patients. Saudi Med J 2003:24:224-5.
4Calonje E. Soft tissue tumours and tumour-like conditions. In: Burns T, Breathnach S, Cox N, Griffiths C, editors. Rook's Textbook of Dermatology. 8 th ed. Singapore: Willey Blackwell; 2010.
5Tschachler E. Kaposi sarcoma. In: Wolff K, Goldsmith LA, Katz SI, Gilchrest BA, Paller AS, Leffell DJ, editors. Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 7 th ed. USA: McGraw Hill Co.; 2008.