E. LESLIE CHUSID, M.D.; LOUIS E. SILTZBACH, M.D.
Among 950 patients with sarcoidosis at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, 7 had pleural involvement. These seven patients, and 26 patients previously reported as having pleural sarcoidosis, and 22 other cases from 11 large studies of general aspects in sarcoidosis are reviewed. Pleural sarcoidosis was almost always associated with chronic sarcoidosis—extrathoracic involvement or extensive pulmonary parenchymal lesions. Pleural effusions were generally exudative and contained mostly lymphocytes (60% to 100%). Pleural lesions were granulomas, bulging into the pleural cavity, on both parietal or visceral surfaces. Pleural involvement in sarcoidosis appears to be part of the systemic disease and not an isolated process.
CHUSID EL, SILTZBACH LE. Sarcoidosis of the Pleura. Ann Intern Med. 1974;81:190–194. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-2-190
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