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Canadian Respiratory Journal
Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 114-116
Case Report

Sarcoidosis Confined to the Airway Masquerading as Asthma

George Mixides and Elizabeth Guy

Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

Copyright © 2003 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A rare case of sarcoidosis is presented. A 32-year-old white woman initially diagnosed with asthma was to undergo thyroidectomy to eliminate what was thought to be the real source of her symptoms. Instead, the cause was found to be sarcoidosis involving only the major airways, without intrathoracic adenopathy, atelectasis, pulmonary parenchymal infiltrates or evidence of extra pulmonary disease. She rapidly responded to systemic glucocorticoids, which later was supplemented successfully by inhaled glucocorticoids for persistent cough.