Stucki, Gerold; Felten, A. von; Speich, R.; Michel, B. A.
Ankylosing spondylitis and sarcoidosis — Coincidence or association? Case report and review of the literature.
In: Clinical Rheumatology, Vol. 11, No. 3: pp. 436-439
We report a 25-year-old woman presenting with sarcoidosis and bilateral sacroiliitis. Her sarcoidosis related symptoms (malaise, cough and dyspnoea) improved dramatically under treatment with steroids but severe back pain persisted. Only seven similar cases have been described over the last 40 years and the question of a possible association between the two diseases has been raised. However, prevalence data from the literature and the apparent lack of genetic links are better arguments for coincidence than for association.