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[An unusual case of duodenal sarcoidosis]

C Leroy, C Girard, M-H Girard-Madoux, B Coppéré, H Desmurs-Clavel, L Pérard, A Hot, J Ninet
La Revue de Médecine Interne 2015, 36 (11): 773-6

INTRODUCTION: Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disorder of unknown aetiology. It may rarely affect the gastrointestinal tract.

CASE REPORT: We reported a 54-year-old woman with a delayed diagnosis of duodenal sarcoidosis. She presented with gastric and right upper abdominal pain associated with vomiting and marked weight loss. Abdominal computed tomographic scan showed non-compressive retroperitoneal lymph nodes and histological examination revealed non-caseating epithelioid granulomas typical of sarcoidosis. Diagnosis of duodenal sarcoidosis was obtained at the third gastroscopy. The patient's condition improved quickly with corticosteroid therapy.

CONCLUSION: Gastrointestinal sarcoidosis should be looked for in patients with digestive symptoms and another sarcoid localisation. Furthermore, it is important to repeat gastroscopy to confirm diagnosis because treatment improved most patients.


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