Sarcoidosis: Are there differences in your skin of color patients?

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Abstract

The skin of color population is growing at an astronomical rate, making it critically important to recognize diseases, such as sarcoidosis, in patients with skin of color. Sarcoidosis is a multisystem, granulomatous disease, which manifests in a variety of organs and is found more frequently in Blacks as compared with Caucasians. In addition, Blacks have a poorer prognosis and often present with more advanced disease. Sarcoidal lesions can present with multiple morphologic features, some more common in patients with skin of color. We offer a review of the cutaneous presentations of sarcoid lesions in patients with skin of color, an overview of extracutaneous sarcoidosis, the cutaneous signs that may impact overall disease prognosis, and treatment options.

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