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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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Sarcoidosis (Definition)

Sarcoidosis is a medical condition in which nodules form in various organs including lymph nodes, lungs, eyes, and liver. Common symptoms include cough, chest pain below the breast bone, fatigue, ...Read more


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Hi I was seeing all these checklists and one I didn't see was for sarcoidosis I wonder if any of you doctors had thought about doing one this?

All systems.: A list of common symptoms and systems affected in patients with sarcoidosis is difficult because it can affect every system and be different in each patient. The most commonly affected systems are the skin, the eyes and the lungs. The disease is rarely fatal unless the heart is involved. Treatment depends on which systems are affected and usually by a specialist. ...Read more

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I have chronic pancreatitis & sarcoidosis. Although my mouth is dry most of the time its been very watery lately. Should I be concerned?

Sarcoid: Typically pancreatic secretions are decreased in chronic pancreatitis. However with your sarcoidosis other glands can be affected. I recommend you to see a rheumatologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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A friend of mine, who we were going camping with for a month, was just diagnosed with mrsa. Being in such close quarters scares me for the fact my husband has chronic stage 4 sarcoidosis. I canceled the trip. Was it dangerous for my husband? He also has

A friend of mine, who we were going camping with for a month, was just diagnosed with mrsa. Being in such close quarters scares me for the fact my husband has chronic stage 4 sarcoidosis.  I canceled the trip. Was it dangerous for my husband? He also has

MRSA Transmission: Mrsa occurs through direct contact with: someone who has an active infection someone who is a carrier of the infection (colonized) a contaminated object. After a person comes into contact with a contaminated surface or object, he or she may become a carrier of the bacteria (colonized). An active infection with MRSA can develop when a person is colonized and has an open cut. ...Read more

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Can Sarcoidosis/Sjogrens/Raynauds/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome be managed by a GP alone OR do they need to be managed by a hospital doctor/s OR both? Thx

Can Sarcoidosis/Sjogrens/Raynauds/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome be managed by a GP alone OR do they need to be managed by a hospital doctor/s OR both? Thx

Depends but: A hospital doctor in contrast to a doctor in an academic/ university hospital is not the one to go to. I would suggest that you consult someone in academic medicine in your case at a university or tertiary care center near you. It is likely to complex for most GPs. ...Read more

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Can chronic nausea come from my restrictive cardiomyopathy ( heart biopsy found this I have sarcoidosis)?

Can chronic nausea come from my restrictive cardiomyopathy ( heart biopsy found this I  have sarcoidosis)?

Yes: In fact, an long-term upset stomach is often one of the early and more troubling problems when the heart muscle is failing. I hope you are able to find effective treatment for this often very difficult illness. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune illnesses I have; Sarcoidosis, Sjogren's, Raynauds & M.E. worsen Chronic Pelvic Neuropathic Pain? If so, how?

Can autoimmune illnesses I have;  Sarcoidosis, Sjogren's, Raynauds & M.E. worsen Chronic Pelvic Neuropathic Pain?  If so, how?

Possibly: Sjogren's can be associated with a peripheral neuropathy whereas Sarcoidosis could actually involve the nerve roots at the spinal cord level (some of which do innervate pelvic muscle/tissue). It would probably require a MRI with contrast (+) a detailed EMG (+) thorough neurology exam to clarify. You may wish to discuss these options with your MD. Sarcoid spinal Cord changes may require immune Rx. ...Read more

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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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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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