Cutaneous sarcoidosis treated with methotrexate

Br J Dermatol. 1977 Aug;97(2):213-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1977.tb15068.x.


Sixteen patients with cutaneous sarcoidosis, 15 of whom also had involvement of other organs, were treated with methotrexate (MTX) orally once a week in an open study. The treatment period was from 1 to 72 months (mean 23 months). In 12 patients the skin lesions cleared, and in 3 of 4 patients who had sarcoid uveitis this cleared as well. The chest X-ray of 6 patients showed no corresponding improvement in pulmonary changes or in hilar adenopathy. Ten patients suffered side effects, usually nausea on the day MTX was taken. Two had transiently increased transaminase levels. Treatment was discontinued in 2 patients due to nausea. It is concluded that MTX is a useful alternative to systemically administered glucocorticoids in the treatment of disfiguring cutaneous sarcoidosis and sarcoid uveitis. The effect of MTX on hilar adenopathy and pulmonary sarcoidosis is uncertain.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Methotrexate / adverse effects
  • Methotrexate / therapeutic use*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nausea / chemically induced
  • Sarcoidosis / complications
  • Sarcoidosis / drug therapy*
  • Skin Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Tuberculin Test


  • Methotrexate