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Sarcoidosis is a multi-system granulomatous disorder of unknown aetiology rarely encountered in our country. A retrospective study was carried out to compare the characteristics of Indian sarcoidosis as observed at Armed forces tertiary care centres with that reported from West and other Indian studies. In this study sarcoidosis appears to occur more commonly in the affluent classes (62%), in males (83%) in the fourth and fifth decades (70%) and in North Indians (72%). Type 1 sarcoidosis was the most frequent presentation (62%). Extra thoracic conditions commonly were lymphadenopathy (30%), arthritic (18%), and ocular (15%) manifestations. Serum angiotensin converting enzyme (SACE) levels were raised in only one case (1.6%), hypercalcaemia was not seen and hyperglobulinaemia was seen only in 5% of cases. The disease was relatively benign, as 47% patients were cured and 53% were in remission with glucocorticoids.