Thorax 66:920-921 doi:10.1136/thx.2011.160341
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Association of IgG4-related disease and sarcoidosis

  1. Mohamed Hamidou1
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hôtel Dieu Hospital, Nantes, France
  2. 2Department of Radiology, Hôtel Dieu Hospital, Nantes, France
  1. Correspondence to Professor Mohamed Hamidou, Department of Internal Medicine, Place Alexis Ricordeau, CHU Hôtel Dieu, 44093 Nantes, France; mohamed.hamidou{at}
  • Accepted 9 February 2011
  • Published Online First 17 April 2011

Autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) is a syndrome characterised by an enlarged pancreas with an irregular narrowing of the main pancreatic duct, a high serum IgG4 concentration and IgG4-positive plasma cell tissue infiltration.

A wide variety of lesions have been associated with AIP, including pulmonary lesions.1 Consequently, the terms “IgG4-positive multi-organ lymphoproliferative syndrome (IgG4+ MOLPS)” seem more appropriate.2

To our knowledge, sarcoidosis has never been reported in association with AIP. We report the case of an association of AIP with sarcoidosis in an elderly woman.

An 80-year-old woman presented with a 1-year history of chronic diarrhoea and a weight loss of 12 kg during …

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