Date: 04 Mar 2009

18F-FDG PET, genotype-corrected ACE and sIL-2R in newly diagnosed sarcoidosis

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Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) and soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R) are serological markers, widely used for determining sarcoidosis activity. 18F-FDG PET has proven to be a sensitive technique in the imaging of sarcoidosis. The aim of this study was to determine sensitivity of 18F-FDG PET, genotype-corrected ACE and sIL-2R in active sarcoidosis as well as their correlation.


This retrospective study included 36 newly diagnosed, symptomatic sarcoidosis patients. ACE and sIL-2R levels were simultaneously obtained within 4 weeks of 18F-FDG PET. ACE was corrected for genotype and expressed as Z-score. 18F-FDG PET was visually evaluated and scored as positive or negative. Maximum and average standardized uptake values (SUVmax and SUVavg) were compared with ACE and sIL-2R.


18F-FDG PET was found positive in 34 of 36 patients (94%). Thirteen patients (36%) showed an increased ACE with the highest sensitivity found in patients with the I/I genotype (67%). Seventeen patients (47%) showed an increased sIL-2R. No correlation was found between SUV and ACE or sIL-2R. Increased ACE and sIL-2R correlated with a positive 18F-FDG PET in 12 patients (92%) and 16 patients (94%), respectively.


18F-FDG PET is a very sensitive technique to assess active sarcoidosis, in contrast with ACE and sIL-2R, suggesting a pivotal role for 18F-FDG PET in future sarcoidosis assessment.