Cardiac manifestations of sarcoidosis

The heart is involved in up to 25% of patients with sarcoidosis, but only 10% of patients are symptomatic 1.

Clinical presentation

Over half of patients with autopsy proven cardiac involvement are asymptomatic. Presentations include 1:

* arrhythmias including sudden death
* heart block
* congestive cardiac failure
* angina pectoris
* ventricular aneurysm formation

Although involvement of the pericardium is rare, constrictive pericarditis has been described 1.

Article Source : Dr Frank Gaillard, Radiopaedia


  1. Miller BH, Rosado-de-christenson ML, Mcadams HP et-al. Thoracic sarcoidosis: radiologic-pathologic correlation. Radiographics. 1995;15 (2): 421-37. Radiographics (abstract) - Pubmed citation
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