Sarcoidosis presenting as recurrent alcohol-induced pancreatitis

M. J. Peters, M. G. Jones, J. Moulton, A. B X Breslin*

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A previously well 27-year-old Caucasian woman presented with five episodes of alcohol-induced abdominal pain over two years culminiting in severe acute pancreatitis. Chest x-ray showed bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy and nodular pulmonary infiltrates. In hospital she developed a unilateral facial nerve palsy and other features of sarcoidosis, which was confirmed by biopsy of a pretracheal lymph node. No previous case is reported of sarcoidosis presenting with recurrent pancreatitis apparently induced on each occasion by moderate alcohol consumption and in the absence of other risk factors. Pancreatic involvement as part of sarcoidosis is uncommon but is treatable if recognized and has a good prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-105
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


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