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J Korean Radiol Soc. 1997 Jul;37(1):83-88. Korean. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.3348/jkrs.1997.37.1.83
Ji EK , Song KS , Lee JS , Kwon JS , Park KB , Lim TW .
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine.
Abstract

PURPOSE: To assess CT findings of pulmonary sarcoidosis and correlate these with sACE level and PFT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 1989 and 1995, 14 patients (4 men and 10 women, aged between 28 and 55 years) with histologically confirmed pulmonary sarcoidosis were consecutively selected. HRCT scans were performed in 12 patients and conventional CT scans in two. CT findings were reviewed by three radiologists, and were correlated with the index of disease activity based on sACE level and pulmonary function test. RESULTS: Pulmonary parenchymal abnormalities were seen in all patients ; small nodules of less than 3 mm in diameter were seen in eight. Other abnormalities were nodules of more than 3 mm in diameter (n=7), confluent nodules (n=5), ground glass opacity (n=5), patchy areas of consolidation with air bronchogram (n=5), and architectural distortion (n=3). The upper lung zone was more frequently involved than the middle or lower zone. In ten patients, the peripheral interstitum was predominantly involved, while only three patients showed predominant peribronchovascular involvement. Lymphadenopathy was noted in 13. There was no correlation between sACE level, the results of a pulmonary function test and the extent of parenchymal involvement. CONCLUSION: HRCT is valuable for the identification, characterization, and determination of the extent to which parenchymal lung is involved in sarcoidosis. The extent of this involvement does not correlate with sACE level and pulmonary function test results.

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