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Sarcoidosis

Hyper Desquamation and Sarcoidosis

01/20/2011

Question:

Dear Doctor, Is my mucosal hyper desquamation related to my sarcoidosis? I also get blood blisters periodically, not related to cheek biting, etc., on the inside of my mouth. Could that be related to my sarc? Thank you

Answer:

Dear Sir/Madam - Sarcoidosis can involve any part of the airway mucosa, including the mouth, nose, pharynx (throat), and lungs. The presentation of mucosal sarcoidosis includes nodules (bumps), plaques (raised and discolored areas), swelling and irritation. In some cases the inflammation can cause blockage of the nasal passages or narrowing of the airways. Other diseases of the oral mucosa can look very similar to sarcoidosis. A small sample (biopsy) of the affected area is usually required to confirm the diagnosis.

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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