Trends in Sarcoidosis-Related Hospitalizations in the United States

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Blacks experience a significantly higher rate of sarcoidosis-associated hospitalizations compared with whites.

There is disparity in the rate of sarcoidosis-associated hospitalizations between black and white individuals in the United States, according to a study published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.

This study included 376,947 hospitalizations of 200,438 (53%) black and 176,509 (47%) white individuals. Peak hospitalization occurred between the ages of 40 and 64 in black individuals, with black women hospitalized at a rate of 238 per 100,000 (95% CI, 233-243) and black men hospitalized at a rate of 123 per 100,000 (95% CI, 119-127). Peak hospitalization for whites occurred over the age of 65 at a rate of 43 per 100,000 (95% CI, 42-45) for women and 25 per 100,000 (95% CI, 24-26) for men.

Black women in the Midwest faced the highest rate of hospitalization after adjusting for age, at 167 per 100,000 (95% CI, 166-169), while the rate of hospitalization in the Northeast was 133 per 100,000 (95% CI, 132-133). Black men faced the highest rates of hospitalization in the Midwest at 8 per 100,000 (95% CI, 84-85) and the Northeast at 85 per 100,000 (95% CI, 84-86). Black women were 7 to 10 times more likely to experience sarcoidosis-associated hospitalizations than white women, while black men were 5 to 8 times more likely than white men.

Discharge data on sarcoidosis-associated hospitalizations was collected from the State Inpatient Databases, which recorded 97% of all discharges from community hospitals in 48 states for 2002 to 2012. Continuous race reporting was provided by 18 states, which contained data for 60% of the country’s total population. The regions of the country were categorized as follows: Midwest, Northeast, South, and West. The regional populations’ demographic data were estimated using United States census data, which were also used to perform age adjustments.

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The study researchers concluded that there is “a consistent and marked racial disparity in [sarcoidosis-associated] hospitalizations across all four regions of the United States. The black:white racial disparity was of similar magnitude across regions. Although prior studies have described rates separately by racial group and region in a national sample of women and by race and region separately, these studies did not present rates by racial groups within regions.”


Wills AB, Adjemian JA, Fontana JR, et al. Sarcoidosis-associated hospitalizations in the United States, 2002-2012 [published online September 10, 2018]. Ann Am Thorac Soc. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.201806-401RL