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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 186-196

Atypical radiological manifestations of thoracic sarcoidosis: A review and pictorial essay


1 Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonology, Sleep Disorders Center, King Saud University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Radiology Cardiothoracic Imaging Section, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
3 Department of Radiology, North Manchester General Hospital, Acute Pennine NHS Trust, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 6RB, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Ali Nawaz Khan
North Manchester General Hospital, Acute Pennine NHS Trust, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 6RB
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.118490

PMID: 24250731

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Thoracic sarcoidosis is a common disease, with well-described and recognizable radiographic features. Nevertheless, most physicians are not familiar with the rare atypical often-confusing manifestations of thoracic sarcoid. Although these findings have been previously reviewed, but more recent advances in imaging and laboratory science, need to be incorporated. We present a review of literature and illustrate the review with unpublished data, intended to provide a more recent single comprehensive reference to assist with the diagnosis when atypical radiographic findings of thoracic sarcoidosis are encountered. Thoracic involvement accounts for most of morbidity and mortality associated with sarcoidosis. An accurate timely identification is required to minimize morbidity and mortality. It is essential to recognize atypical imaging findings and relate these to clinical manifestations and histology.


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