Patient will present as → a 30-year-old African American female with a cough, fever, and generalized body aches. You order a CXR which shows bilateral hilar adenopathy
Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease that is characterized by noncaseating granulomas that may affect multiple organ systems
- The condition occurs mainly in persons ages 20 to 40 years and is most common in Northern Europeans and African Americans
- Symptoms are variable and the etiology is unknown. Fever, weight loss, arthralgias, and erythema nodosum (more commonly seen in Europeans) are the usual initial presenting symptoms. Cough and dyspnea may be minimal or absent.
MEDIASTINAL LYMPHADENOPATHY seen on chest radiograph is the hallmark finding in 90% of cases
"If you see hilar lymphadenopthy it is right to think Sarcoidosis, but not always. Here is a rough guide to approaching hilar adenopathy:
- Young female = Sarcoidosis
- Young kid with a fever, from Ohio, zoo keeper = histoplasmosis
- Old guy in his 60's works on ceramics = Berylliosis"
Other manifestations include hepatic granulomas, granulomatous uveitis, polyarthritis, cardiac symptoms (including angina, CHF, and conduction abnormalities), cranial-nerve palsies, and diabetes insipidus
Serum blood tests will show hypercalcemia and ACE levels 4 x normal
- ESR is often elevated
- Laboratory findings include leukopenia, hypercalcemia, hypercalciuria, and hypergammaglobulinemia (particularly in African American patients)
- Other abnormalities include elevated uric acid (not usually associated with gout), elevated alkaline phosphatase, elevated gamma glutamyl transpeptidase, elevated levels of ACE, and pulmonary function tests showing restriction and impaired diffusing capacity
- Diagnosis can be made with a biopsy of peripheral lesions or fiber-optic bronchoscopy for central pulmonary lesions. Whole-body gallium scans can be used to show useful sites for biopsy and, in some cases, to follow disease progression
Serial pulmonary function tests are important for assessing disease progression and guiding treatment
Treatment for symptomatic patients consists of CORTICOSTEROIDS, methotrexate, and other immunosuppressive medications if steroid therapy is not helpful
- 90% of cases are responsive to corticosteroids and can be controlled with a modest maintenance dose
- Ace Inhibitors for periodic hypertension
The prognosis depends on the severity of the disease. Spontaneous improvement is common; however, significant disability can occur with multiorgan involvement
- Pulmonary fibrosis is the leading cause of death.
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