Cutenous sarcoidosis, mimicking acne in a patient and the importance of dermoscopy in different diagnosis

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Kaya İslamoğlu Z. G. , Demirbaş A.

Eastern Journal of Medicine, vol.23, no.4, pp.341-343, 2018 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/ejm.2018.46693
  • Title of Journal : Eastern Journal of Medicine
  • Page Numbers: pp.341-343
  • Keywords: Acne, Dermoscopy, Sarcoidosis


© 2018, Yuzuncu Yil Universitesi Tip Fakultesi. All rights reserved.Sarcoidosis is a multi-systemic granulomatous disease of unknown aetiology. After the lungs, the skin is the second most common organ involved. Cutaneous involvement occurs in up to 30% of patients and skin findings are often the initial presenting symptom. Plaques and papules are the most commonly observed cutaneous lesions. Sarcoidosis can be mimicing other diseases. Dermoscopy is a non-invasive method that allows skin lesions to be visualized. In recent years, it is used for increasing diagnostic accuracy in many skin diseases. Sarcoidosis is one of these diseases. We present a case of 50 year old man, with erythematous maculopapules over the front of chest for about two years. He was treated like acne but had no benefit from therapies. Cutaneus sarcoidosis was diagnosed at the end of t he dermoscopic, clinical and histopatological examination of patient. Here, we emphasized that, sarcoidosis can interfere with many skin diseases and dermoscopy is a non-invasive method that can be used before biopsy in the differential diagnosis.