What is the manifestation of erythema nodosum (EN) in sarcoidosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: Joseph F Merola, MD, MMSc; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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EN is a hypersensitivity reaction resulting from exposure to a variety of infectious agents (especially recent streptococcal infection), drugs (including oral contraceptives), or systemic inflammatory disorders (eg, sarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel disease). EN is usually an acute, self-limiting process and rarely requires treatment. Recurrences are uncommon. Tender, erythematous nodules are usually present on the extremities, most commonly on the anterior surface of the tibia. Fever, arthralgia, and malaise may occur. EN is more common in European, especially Scandinavian, women of childbearing age than in other people.


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