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J Intern Med. 1994 Dec;236(6):661-3.

The occurrence of polyglandular autoimmune syndrome type III associated with coeliac disease in patients with sarcoidosis.

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Department of Endocrinology, Lund University Clinics, General Hospital, Malmö, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To study whether an association between polyglandular autoimmune (PGA) syndrome type III [including autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM)], coeliac disease and sarcoidosis, exists.

DESIGN:

In patients with documented sarcoidosis, the presence of the disease constellation of ATD, IDDM and coeliac disease was examined.

SETTING:

The patients were recruited at the Department of Pulmonary Medicine, and the study was conducted at the Department of Endocrinology, Lund University Clinics, General Hospital, Malmö, Sweden.

SUBJECTS:

Of all patients (n = 89) with documented sarcoidosis attending the Department of Pulmonary Medicine between January 1980 and December 1991, 78 patients (44 males, 34 females: median age at the time of the study 48 years, range 22-81 years: median observation time since the diagnosis of sarcoidosis 120 months, range 1-468 months) were examined in the present study.

RESULTS:

Amongst the 78 patients with documented sarcoidosis, one female patient was found with PGA syndrome type III, coeliac disease and sarcoidosis.

CONCLUSIONS:

This present patient further indicates the existence of an association between polyglandular autoimmune (PGA) syndrome type III, coeliac disease and sarcoidosis. To determine whether this disease constellation might constitute a new syndrome, further studies on larger groups of patients with sarcoidosis are demanded.

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