Painless Brown Plaques on a Sarcoidosis Patient's Legs

August 14, 2014
Alok Vij, MD

Kenneth J Tomecki, MD

Can you guess the cause of these skin lesions, given biopsy results and information about a comorbidity that may (or may not) be relevant?

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Biopsy showed a granulomatous infiltrate of epithelioid histiocytes and multinucleated giant cells surrounded by lymphocytes “layered” throughout the dermis.

Can you guess what is causing them to develop?

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