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Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2004 Jun-Sep;22(2-3):171-4.

Sarcoidosis presenting as acute bilateral parotid swelling.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.


A case of bilateral parotid swelling of short duration, which turned out to be sarcoidosis confirmed by fine needle aspiration cytology, is presented here. The patient also had asymptomatic bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy and dryness of the eyes suggesting sarcoid involvement of the lungs and lacrimal glands. Sarcoidosis of the parotids, although rare, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute bilateral parotid swelling. Clinico-radiological findings of multi-organ involvement suggest the diagnosis in such cases.

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