n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Sarcoidosis - a multisystem disease with an unclear aetiology

Volume 31, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



The term 'sarkoid' was first coined by Caesar Boeck in 1899 while describing skin lesions initially documented by the English physician Jonathan Hutchinson in 1877. Boeck used the term to describe what he presumed were benign 'sarcoma-like' lesions, and more than a century later sarcoidosis remains an enigma. As a result sarcoidosis is still defined vaguely as a disease where granulomas are formed in multiple organ systems, without a recognised cause.

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