Sarcoidosis

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Background

  • Abnormal collection of inflammatory cells (granulomas) throughout the body.
    • Most common location for granulomas to occur are the lung, skin, heart, and brain.
    • Exact cause unknown - thought to be related to an immune reaction to a prior insult such as infection or chemical exposure earlier in life.
    • Do not confuse with infectious granulomatous processes such as tuberculosis.
Sarcoid Xray - hilar adenopathy

Clinical Features

Depend on location of granulomata. May be entirely asymptomatic.


Differential Diagnosis

Workup

Management

Disposition

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