[Ocular Manifestations in Sarcoidosis]

Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2016 May;233(5):594-600. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-104063. Epub 2016 May 17.
[Article in German]


Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory multi-organ disease of unknown pathogenesis, characterised by non-necrotising granulomata. Sarcoidosis predominantly manifests in the lung, but any other organ may be affected. Ocular involvement is present in about 25 to 50 % of patients. The most common ocular manifestation is uveitis, especially of the anterior eye segment. If ocular sarcoidosis is suspected, interdisciplinary assessment of the patient is mandatory, including laboratory tests, chest X-ray, assessment by a specialist in internal medicine and, ideally, histological evidence of granuloma formation in a tissue specimen. Other (infectious) causes of granulomatous inflammation need to be excluded, especially tuberculosis or syphilis. For the ophthalmological assessment, detection of granulomatous lesions is of particular importance, especially by visualising chorioretinal granuloma by fluorescein and indocyanin green angiography. Cystoid macular oedema and glaucoma are the most frequent complications limiting visual acuity. Corticosteroids, which can be administered either locally or systemically, are the mainstay of therapy. Depending on the clinical course and the development of ocular complications, systemic steroid-sparing immunosuppressive medication may be indicated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / administration & dosage*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Sarcoidosis / diagnosis*
  • Sarcoidosis / drug therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Uveitis / diagnosis*
  • Uveitis / drug therapy*


  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Immunosuppressive Agents