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Can Sarcoidosis Cause Color Change In The Eye?

12/15/2008

Question:

I was recently admitted to hospital with what they considered erythema multiforme. Since then I was referred to a specialist who has indicated he believes it is sarcoidosis not em. He is most concerned about my eyes they have changed colour from dark hazel to pale green and my sight is still poor.

Answer:

The skin manifestations of sarcoidosis can be difficult to distinguish from other causes, and a biopsy of the affected skin is often required to confirm sarcoidosis as the likely cause.

If your skin disease is thought to be related to sarcoidosis based on the biopsy results, it is also reasonable to evaluate for eye involvement. Sarcoidosis can involve almost any part of the eye. Therefore, consultation with an opthalmologist is considered to be a standard of care for sarcoidosis patients.

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Response by:

Elliott D Crouser, MD Elliott D Crouser, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University