Sarcoidosis as a diagnostic pitfall of pancreatic cancer

  • Francisco ZambranaEmail author
  • Alejandro Antúnez
  • Jesús García-Mata
  • José M. Mellado
  • José L. Villar
Case Reports


Sarcoidosis (SA) is accompanied by malignancy more than can be explained by chance. Cancer can occur in patients with an established diagnosis of SA and SA can subsequently develop in a cancer patient. Malignancy can also be associated with the occurrence of sarcoid reactions (SR), which are typically restricted to the regional lymph nodes. Problems may also arise in distinguishing between tumour-related SRs and true systemic SA. Here we present a case with both SA and pancreatic cancer, and we discuss the result of distinguishing between SA and SRs in a patient with concurrent cancer.


Sarcoidosis malignancy Sarcoid-like reaction Neoplasm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisco Zambrana
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alejandro Antúnez
    • 2
  • Jesús García-Mata
    • 3
  • José M. Mellado
    • 3
  • José L. Villar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical OncologyHospital Universitario Virgen MacarenaSevillaSpain
  2. 2.Department of PathologyHospital Universitario Virgen MacarenaSevillaSpain
  3. 3.Department of MedicineHospital Universitario Virgen MacarenaSevillaSpain

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