Metin IŞIK

Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Faculty of Hacettepe University, Division of Rheumatology, Ankara, Turkey

Sarcoidosis is a systemic inflammatory disorder characterized by noncaseating granulomas which mostly affect the lungs, intrathoracic lymph nodes, eyes, and skin. The defining histopathology is the presence of compact, epithelioid granulomas associated with mononuclear cell infiltration.[1] Sarcoidosis may present as an asymptomatic disease, or it may cause respiratory insufficiency, blindness, severe neurological disease, or sometimes cardiac death.[2,3] The involvement of inguinal lymph nodes in sarcoidosis is very rare and has been reported only in a few cases before.

A 50-year-old female diabetic patient applied to our outpatient unit complaining of inguinal pain and a mass which had lasted for three months. She did not report fever, weight loss, or a history of tuberculosis but complained of sweating and pain. The ultrasonographic evaluation of the inguinal region revealed bilaterally enlarged lymph nodes of nearly 25 millimeters in diameter. A pathological evaluation of the biopsy taken from the inguinal lymph nodes showed noncaseating necrotizing granulomas which were positive for CD3 and CD20, but negative for CD30, periodic acid-Schiff (PAS), and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). For further evaluation, a thoracic computed thomography (CT) scan was performed, and similar enlarged lymph nodes were present in both hilar sides and also in the mediastinum. After the exclusion of other diseases which cause granuloma formation, the patient was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, and azothioprine 100 mg/day and prednisolone 16 mg every 48 hours was prescribed. After four months of treatment, the inguinal lymph nodes all disappeared, and she is currently doing well.

In 1959, Monnet and Thevenon[4] reported a patient with sarcoidosis who was diagnosed by an inguinal lymph node biopsy, although it was not the presenting symptom. Similarly Mandi et al.[5,6] reported that an inguinal lymph node biopsy may help in the diagnosis of sarcoidosis, even if none of the patients have inguinal lymphadenopathy.

Nevertheless, to our knowledge, our case is the probably the first with sarcoidosis presented with inguinal lymphadenopathy. The other important point in this case is the preferred treatment option. Most authors do not offer any treatment to their patients if there are no prominent symptoms because sarcoidosis may regress spontaneously.[1] For the remaining patients, corticosteroids alone are the first choice (10-20 mg a day), but if corticosteroidsparing agents are necessary, then methotrexate or azothioprine are the best choices.[7] In our case, the patient was diabetic. Since higher steroid doses can impair glucose levels, we preferred to begin the treatment with lower doses of corticosteroids the day after protocol. In additon, we added a steroid-sparing agent to obtain a better result. In conclusion, sarcoidosis may present with inguinal lymphadenopathy, and the treatment should be personalized.

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