Sarcoid Heart Disease

This is a challenging case of a patient presenting with heart failure and ventricular tachycardia. A careful chart review showed that this patient had a history of breast cancer and lymphadenopathy. A neck node biopsy showed non-caseating granulomas and a diagnosis of sarcoidosis was made. As the patient developed worsening cardiomyopathy and ventricular tachycardia, evaluation by PET and CMR were performed but therapy was only minimally effective. In this interesting case, the evaluation and management of cardiac sarcoidosis are reviewed.

You will learn:

  • To describe the typical presentations of cardiac sarcoidosis
  • To recognize the principle findings of cardiac sarcoidosis on Positron Emission
  • To discuss the role of PET imaging in following responses to therapy

Author(s): Elona Rrapo Kaso, MD

Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes

Credit hours: .5

Method and Medium: Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.