Galaxy sign (lungs)

The so-called galaxy sign, initially described as the sarcoid galaxy, represents a coalescent granuloma seen in a minority of patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis 1. The same appearance can be seen in tuberculosis 2,3. In other words, it represents a mass-like region composed of numerous smaller granulomas. The appearance of a central core with peripheral nodules is reminiscent of a globular cluster or galaxy.

Central cavitation does occur and the lesions may be surrounded by ground-glass opacity 4. The latter is thought to represent extensive interstitial sarcoid granulomas below the resolution of HRCT rather than alveolitis or hemorrhage 1.

Inspired signs

Article information

rID: 9148
System: Chest
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Sarcoid galaxy sign

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: globular cluster M92 in Hercules
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  • Case 1: sarcoidosis
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  • Case 2: tuberculosis
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  • Case 3: thoracic sarcoidosis
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