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Symptomatic isolated axillary lymph node sarcoidosis: an unusual presentation
  1. Nosakhare Paul Ilerhunmwuwa1,
  2. Sheena Thayyil1,
  3. Hrushikesh Divyateja2 and
  4. Ravikanth Gouni3
  1. 1Diabetes and Endocrinology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  2. 2Chemical Pathology, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nosakhare Paul Ilerhunmwuwa; ilerhunmwuwa{at}


An 82-year-old woman admitted following a 4-week history of feeling unwell, abdominal pain and constipation. Initial investigations revealed severe hypercalcaemia with suppressed parathyroid hormone and elevated 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol. ACE was also raised. CT scans of the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis were normal. Fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography scan showed metabolically active right axillary lymphadenopathy which when biopsied under ultrasound guidance confirmed sarcoidosis. The patient was started on high-dose prednisolone with resolution of symptoms within 2 weeks. Isolated lymph node sarcoidosis is uncommon, and the reported usual sites are lymph nodes in the head and neck. Rarely has it been reported in the axillary lymph nodes.

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  • Contributors NPI was involved in gathering the medical records, drafting the case report and literature search, and referencing; he is also the guarantor. ST was involved in gathering in the literature search and referencing. HD critically reviewed and approved the draft of the case report. RG conceived the idea of writing the case report, managed the patient and critically reviewed the draft of the report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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