Differential diagnosis Sarcoidosis Please rate this page (bottom of page)

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Sarcoidosis often manifests itself in several organs, such as lungs, skin, joints / skeleton, heart muscle and eyes. Symptoms and examination findings there may be similar to several other conditions. The list of differential diagnoses (similar conditions) is therefore long. Which of the conditions is most relevant is decided in each individual case based on the development of symptoms and examination findings.


Enlarged lymph nodes in the lung hilus


Other illness


Swelling In mediastinal lymph nodes by inflammatory Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

Swollen salivary glands

Chronic obstructions in both lungs, bilateral interstitial lung disease (ILD)

Occupational-related pulmonary disease


Egg shell calcifications in the mediastinum or thorax

Sarkoidosis of the skin

Erythema nodosum, other causes

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  • Idiopathic (unknown cause) 50%
  • Pregnancy
  • Infections
    • Tuberkulosis (Tbc)
    • Yersinia intestinal infection
    • Streptococcus
    • Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
    • Mycoplasma pneumoniae
  • inflammation
    • Crohn's disease
    • Ulcerative colitis
    • Behcet's disease
    • Takayasu arteritis
  • Medication
    • Sulphate preparations (sulfonamides)
    • Penicillin
    • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Cancer
    • Lymphoma (Non-Hodkgins)
    • Pancreatic cancer
    • Carcinoid tumor

Lupus pernoi

 Joint and skeleton


The eye

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