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February 7, 1977

Pulmonary Artery Narrowing in Sarcoidosis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine (Drs Hietala, Stinnett, Faunce, and Sharpe), and the Department of Pulmonary Medicine (Drs Scoggins and Smith), Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Richmond, Va.

JAMA. 1977;237(6):572-573. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270330062024

VASCULAR involvement in pulmonary sarcoidosis is usually limited to the small- and medium-sized vessels. However, massive hilar adenopathy may compress a major pulmonary artery and cause a large defect on the perfusion lung scan and a notable narrowing of the right upper lobe pulmonary artery as visualized by pulmonary arteriography.

This report describes a case in which the patient had mediastinal and hilar adenopathy with secondary pulmonary artery compression and corresponding reduction in perfusion seen in the lung scan. To our knowledge, only two similar cases have been previously described in the literature.1,2

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