Author(s): Judson MA, Strange C, Judson MA, Strange C
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Abstract Three cases of pulmonary sarcoidosis presented as bullous emphysema with severe airflow obstruction, and the diagnosis of sarcoidosis was unsuspected for at least 2 years. Potential mechanisms of bullous emphysema from sarcoidosis are discussed. The physician should suspect sarcoidosis as the cause of bullous emphysema when young patients who have smoked relatively few pack-years present with emphysema or severe airflow obstruction. Additional clues are the presence of mediastinal adenopathy on a chest radiograph or a CT scan and a history consistent with extrapulmonary sarcoidosis.
This article was published in Chest
and referenced in Journal of General Practice