Sarcoidosis initially occurring as apical infiltrate and pleural reaction

Chest. 1978 Mar;73(3):413-4. doi: 10.1378/chest.73.3.413.


A 21-year-old black man had pleuritic pain as the initial symptom of his sarcoidosis. Chest roentgenographic examination showed an infiltrate in the left upper lobe and a left pleural thickening. Sarcoidosis was diagnosed by pulmonary biopsy. Thus, sarcoidosis may closely mimic tuberculosis by initially occurring as predominantly apical infiltrates and pleural reaction.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Lung / pathology
  • Male
  • Sarcoidosis / diagnosis*
  • Sarcoidosis / pathology
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / diagnosis*