A case of sarcoidosis with pancytopenia as resulting from bone marrow involvement

Tai Sun Park, Dae Young Kim, Seo Jin Park, Yi Rang Kim, Soo Young Na, Jin Wook Park, Dong Wook Oh, Jun Seok Choi, Jung Min Jo, Youjin Chang, Won Young Kim, Chang Min Choi

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Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease that can involve any organ, although it primarily involves the lungs, intrathoracic lymph nodes, skin, and eyes. We present a case of sarcoidosis with pancytopenia, resulting from bone marrow involvement. A 35-year-old man was admitted to hospital for chronic cough and blurred vision. On chest computed tomography, there were multiple pulmonary nodules and mediastinal lymph nodes enlargement. As the patient also showed pancytopenia, we performed a bone marrow biopsy, as well as a transbronchial lung biopsy. Both biopsies showed non-caseating granulomas. We diagnosed the patient with sarcoidosis with pulmonary, bone marrow, uvea, liver and spleen involvement. After oral steroid therapy, the patient's symptoms as well as his pancytopenia improved. We present this case to demonstrate the significance of bone marrow biopsy in cases of sarcoidosis with pancytopenia, as well the possibility of clinical improvement with steroid treatment. Copyright

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-564
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Bone marrow
  • Pancytopenia
  • Sarcoidosis


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