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What is sarcoidosis?

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis: Dear jbennett, sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown etiology which can affect almost any part of a patient's body. It is known for the granulomas it produces--non-caseating--which can form commonly in the lungs. About 50% of the patients are african or hispanic origin, there is also a large % from northern europe. It has been found that a patient's immune response creates the granulomas. .. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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Islet Cell Carcinoma (Definition)

Islet cell tumors of the pancreas represent the second form of lesion, the first representing lesions of ductal origin that lead to the classic pancreatic carcinoma, most frequently arising in the head. The second group of tumors, those of neuroendocrine origin arise in clustered cells known as islets and which are mainly benign When malignant they spread with a ...Read more


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What is respiratory sarcoidosis?

What is respiratory sarcoidosis?

Sarcoid of the lung!: Pulmonary sarcoidosis, frequently mild, but potentially severe, is sometimes called respiratory sarcoid, but this is an archaic term. Diagnoses by clinical hx, chest x-rays, and sometimes needing a biopsy. You should be under the care of someone in rheumatology or pulmonology. Sarcoid is an auto immune disease which caues characteristic granulomata! ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if sarcoidosis is left untreated?

40 % gamble: You probably heard that around 60% of sarcoid cases will resolve without treatment. There are many forms of sarcoid, some very serious. Work with a medical professional in making your decision. ...Read more

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How can we treat sarcoidosis?

How can we treat sarcoidosis?

There are : There are a variety of immunosuppressive treatments to treat sarcoidosis, but Prednisone is the mainstay of therapy. ...Read more

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How do you end up with sarcoidosis?

Not predictable: This disease occurs spontaneously, but higher incidence if you have a relative with it, or if black or scandinavian background. Often involves lung and lymph nodes but may affect many other organs including eyes, skin and kidney. Mild diseases may resolve spontaneously, but some require specific treatment depending on extent and location. ...Read more

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What are the tests for sarcoidosis?

What are the tests for sarcoidosis?

See below: Tests many times are directed at the symptoms or physical findings. There is a blood test called an ace level which is positive in 2/3 of patients with sarcoid. Chest xray may show abnormalities. Biopsy of enlarged lymph nodes or other organ biopsy such as the lungs may be needed. Some patients will have anemia, increased inflammation markers such as a sed rate or crp. ...Read more

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Is exercise good for my sarcoidosis?

Probably yes: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease with unknown cause some of time the lungs are affected negatively a lung specialist would evaluate you and determine the extent of your lung involvement. Also, in some rare cases there can be heart involvement-perhaps irregular heart beats.A cardiologist would need to evaluate you in that case if you are affected by aches, pains and given the o-k--exercise helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sarcoidosis?

Possibly none: Symptoms range from completely asymptomatic to a skin rash to shortness of breath. Sarcoidosis can affect about any organ. ...Read more

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What arre the symptoms of sarcoidosis?

Variable: They can range from being asymptomatic to cough, bloody cough, headache, GI problems, visual problems, arthritis, the list goe on. ...Read more

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Do you know anything about sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis: The answer to your question is too long to fit in the space allowed. For more information on sarcoidosis go to this link that will give you plenty of information: http://www.Webmd.Com/lung/arthritis-sarcoidosis. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have sarcoidosis?

Everyone different: Sarcoid can have many different manifestations. Characteristically you can have some of the follwoing: swollen lymph nodes, rashes, lung spots, eye changes, liver changes, skin rashes, etc. Each person is different and the diagnosis is made depending where the granulomas (the sarcoid biopsy inflammatory change) are found and if there is no other cause found. Your doctor can guide you here. ...Read more

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If u have sarcoidosis should u mushrooms?

No problem.: I know of no problem mushrooms, assuming they are not poisonous. ...Read more

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A relative has sarcoidosis. How can I help?

2nd opinion: Always obtain a second opinion. You want to feel comfortable. ...Read more

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If I relocate, will it affect my sarcoidosis?

Not likely: Sarcoidosis cause is still unknown but it has strong genetic component. It tends to occur more frequently in african americans than in caucasians, females more than males, and often starts around age 20-40. Does not seem to be linked to environment, geographic location or occupation, so moving is not likely to help. ...Read more

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Should i be on a special diet with sarcoidosis?

Possibly: Although there is no specific diet for patients with sarcoidosis, as with any other illness that involves abnormal immune system functioning. Some patients with autoimmume illnesses find they feel better if they avoid gluten and milk. Gluten and milk protein (casein) are highly immumoreactive (generate an autoimmume reaction in the gut that ultimately effects the reat of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Isometric exercises involve contracting muscles while there is no movement with the exercise. The goal is to strengthen the muscle by using a force that is ...Read more