Article Text


The Kveim test in sarcoidosis
  1. J. R. Mikhail,
  2. D. N. Mitchell


    The Kveim test with a validated test-suspension was found to give an overall 71·9% positive result. A very high figure was obtained among patients with hilar or paratracheal gland involvement.

    Despite our enumeration of the difficulties and drawbacks inherent in Kveim testing, we find that this is a valuable test, providing one is aware of the pitfalls. Despite the finding of positive tests in conditions other than sarcoidosis, these are unlikely in practice to present a clinical problem in the differential diagnosis of suspected sarcoidosis. A microscopically positive test, therefore, remains clinically valuable.

    The test is also of very considerable importance in the clinical research into aetiology and pathogenesis of sarcoidosis.

    Statistics from

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.