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Can sarcoidosis develop into asthma or emphysema?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 37 years experience
No.: People with sarcoidosis can certainly have asthma or emphysema, but not as a result of sarcoid changes.
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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics 43 years experience
Sarcoidosis: Although sarcoidosis is not thought to be "asthma" or "emphysema", it can cause scar tissue in the lungs. Granulomas often penetrate the lung tissue causing some shortness of breath. Cardiac sarcoidosis can cause electrical dysfunction of heart and -rarely potential arrhythmias. A doctor who specializes in sarcoidosis lung disease is often needed to differentiate between sarcoid lung disease.
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Confusion: Sarcoidosis can give the exact same symptoms as asthma and emphysema.
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