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Upper Respiratory Tract Manifestations of Sarcoidosis

Mendoza, Vinia MD*; Vahid, Bobbak MD; Weibel, Sandra MD

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0b013e3181514e8e
Colleagues in Respiratory Medicine
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Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease of unknown cause that can rarely involve upper respirator tract. Manifestations of sarcoidosis in the upper respiratory tract range form asymptomatic disease to upper airway obstruction and respiratory failure. Oral lesions, sinusitis, hoarseness, and obstructive sleep apnea have been described in sarcoidosis. The subject of upper respiratory tract involvement in sarcoidosis is reviewed.

Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease of unknown cause that can rarely involve the upper respirator tract. Manifestations of sarcoidosis in the upper respiratory tract range form asymptomatic disease to upper airway obstruction and respiratory failure. Oral lesions, sinusitis, hoarseness, and obstructive sleep apnea have been described in sarcoidosis. The subject of upper respiratory tract involvement in sarcoidosis is reviewed.

From the Departments of *Medicine and †Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Address correspondence to: Bobbak Vahid, MD, 834 Walnut Street Suite 650, Philadelphia, PA 19107. E-mail: bobbak.vahid@mail.tju.edu.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.