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Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease of unknown aetiology that results in the formation of non-caseating granulomas in multiple organs. The prevalence is higher among blacks than whites by a ratio of 20:1. Usually the disease is localized to the chest, but urogenital involvement is found in 0.2% of clinically diagnosed cases and 5% of those diagnosed at necropsy.[1][2] The kidney is the most frequently affected urogenital organ, followed in men by the epididymis. Testicular sarcoidosis can present as a diffuse painless scrotal mass or can mimic acute epididymo-orchitis. Usually it appears with systemic manifestations of the disease.[3] Since it causes occlusion and fibrosis of the ductus epididymis, fertility may be affected.[4] On ultrasound, the hypoechogenicity and ‘infiltrative’ pattern seen in the present case are recognized features.[5] Opinions differ on the need for histological proof, with reports of limited biopsy and frozen section, radical orchidectomy in unilateral disease and unilateral orchidectomy in bilateral disease. The peak incidence of sarcoidosis and testicular neoplasia coincide at 20–40 years and this is why most patients end up having an orchidectomy. However, testicular tumours are much more common in white men, less than 3.5% of all testicular tumours being found in black men.[6] These racial variations justify a more conservative approach in patients of Afro-Caribbean descent with proven sarcoidosis elsewhere. Careful follow-up and ultrasonic surveillance may be preferable in certain clinical settings to biopsy and surgery—especially in patients with bilateral testicular disease.


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