Cutaneous sarcoidosis successfully treated with topical tacrolimus


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Sarcoidosis is a disorder characterized by macrophage- and T-cell-mediated responses to as yet unidentified infectious antigens or autoantigens. We describe a 62-year-old woman with a 10-year history of orange–yellow plaques of sarcoidosis on her face. Her cutaneous lesions responded to topical tacrolimus ointment after unsuccessful treatment with topical and systemic corticosteroids. No adverse effects were noted with topical tacrolimus in this patient. We discuss the mode of action by which this immunosuppressive agent may act against sarcoidosis.