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May 1983

Cavitary Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

Author Affiliations

From the Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Division (Drs Dauber, Kaufman, and Rossman) and the Division of General Medicine (Dr Beswick), the Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(5):1058-1059. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350050228046

• A 25-year-old woman was initially seen with hilar adenopathy and bilateral cavitary lesions. No cause for these roentgenographic abnormalities other than sarcoidosis could be determined. In contrast to what is usually found in acute sarcoidosis, the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from this patient contained a normal number of lymphocytes and an increased number of multinucleated giant cells. These findings raise the possibility that patients with acute sarcoidosis and cavitation have an atypical form of this disease. Even though cavitation in acute sarcoidosis is rare, this disorder must be considered in making the differential diagnosis of cavitary lung disease.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:1058-1059)