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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)

A 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?

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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What are the side effects of sarcoidosis?

What are the side effects of sarcoidosis?

See below: Side effects can result from the medication used to treat it, but there are several different organ systems that can be affected by sarcoid such as lungs and skin. Please repost as to which you would like for us to address. ...Read more

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How long will the effects of a cortizone (hydrocortisone) shot in my hip to help with inflamation from sarcoidosis last?

How long will the effects of a cortizone (hydrocortisone) shot in my hip to help with inflamation from sarcoidosis last?

It is variable: The effect depends on the severity of inflammation, the specific preparation and dose of the steroid that was injected and your response. The medication that is injected is not cortisone; it is a cortisone-like medication, usually much more potent. ...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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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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Is there a cure for sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis: There is no known cure for sarcoid. Historically, steroids have had some use, some newer drugs like Methotrexate and others have helped. There are some integrative methods but there has been limited success. Sometimes, after a patient has active sarcoid for a few years they will go into remisssion. A few patients have a chronic form which does not improve & needs intensive medical treatment. ...Read more

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Does sarcoidosis always have nodules?

No: Sometimes incidental suggestion on chest x-ray by finding hilar lymphadenopathy. ...Read more

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Is there a specialist for sarcoidosis?

Is there a specialist for sarcoidosis?

Many types: The severity of sarcoidosis and the body parts involved usually determine which types of doctors are involved: primary doctor, pulmonologist, rheumatologist, nephrologist. ...Read more

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Is sarcoidosis a type of cancer?

Is sarcoidosis a type of cancer?

Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis is not considered a cancer. It is a disease of unknown etiology. It can be described as a non-casesating granulomatous disease. It is difficult to diagnose. It was thought that having sarcoid increased a patient's chance of cancer, esp. Lymphoma, but several recent articles dispute this claim. The absolute diagnosis is made by biopsy of a nodule, possibly in the lung region. Etc.... ...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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Will sarcoidosis affect my sex life?

Will sarcoidosis affect my sex life?

Not likely: If your sarcoid is flared up causing lung impairment you may have difficulty exerting yourself. Other than shortness of breath or fatigue I would not expect much impact. ...Read more

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What does sarcoidosis rash look like?

What does sarcoidosis rash look like?

Raised bumps: It can look differently in different locations. It is raised, smooth and with pressure can show a yellowish inside. A biopsy clarifies the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is sarcoidosis pancreatitis treatable?

Yes: Most cases resolve sporadically or with steroids. Very rare to get sarcoidosis there. ...Read more

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Where can rashes appear with sarcoidosis?

Rash with sarcoidosi: 25% of patients have rashes as the presentation. The rashes are more common in lower extremities. It can be erythema nodosum, which is raised painful bumps more common in lower extremities, or plaque like rash or reddish brown maculopaoular rash. The rash usually disappear without any treatment I 2 to 4 weeks. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for sarcoidosis?

There are several...: Prednisone is the usual first line therapy. If that doesn't control symptoms, then methotrexate or azothioprine can be tried. Acthar is another very expensive drug that seems to have a very good effect. ...Read more

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How long does the treatment of sarcoidosis take?

See below: How long does it take for what? To get better? No way to know. Or are you meaning do you have to take it life long? Often yes, although some people do get better. ...Read more

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What is the ANA pattern for sarcoidosis normally?

Negative: Sarcoid is not usually associated with +ana. However, +ana can occur in up to 10% of the population, so there may be some overlap. ...Read more

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What's the likelihood of remission of sarcoidosis?

What's the likelihood of remission of sarcoidosis?

Possible: With good therapy, and sometimes spontaneously, under the watchful eye of a sarcoid specialist, sarcoid can remit -- sometimes for extended periods of time. ...Read more

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Where can I get the best treatment for sarcoidosis?

Pulmonologist: Since most sarcoidosis starts or involves the lungs, pulmonary medicine specialists are the most common treating physicians. However, immunologists and rheumatologists can also be effective providers. Since so many organs can be involved by sarcoidosis, many different specialists can be required for management. ...Read more

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How effective are steroids for treating sarcoidosis?

Usually first line: Steroids work well for sarcoidosis and they are cheap, thus they are usually first line therapy unless there's a reason for a patient not to take them. ...Read more

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What do sarcoidosis and persian gulf war syndrome mean?

What do sarcoidosis and persian gulf war syndrome mean?

Uncertain: Please see REF: http://www. Militarydisabilitymadeeasy. Com/therespiratorysystem. Html#w ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment method for sarcoidosis?

It depends.: There is no single therapy for this disorder. It depends on the severity of the disease and the areas of the body affected. Systemic corticosteroids (prednisone) are often used for more severe disease. ...Read more

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Can sarcoidosis effect the prostrate with the growth of nodes?

Can sarcoidosis effect the prostrate with the growth of nodes?

Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis can impact almost any organ or tissue in the body. Although some tissues are impacted more than others sarcoid inflammatory lesions can occur in prostate tissue. ...Read more

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How effective is fluocinonide (Vanos) for treating sarcoidosis?

Here are some...: There was a similar Q about Colbex; the answer to Colebex is totally applicable for fluocinonide (Vanos). Both are potent topical corticosteroid for itchy skin from eczema including atopic dermatitis, allergies, psoriasis, rashes, etc. Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease; systemic use of steroid is a part of general measure treating a slew of diseases with vague etiology. More? Ask the treating doc. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between sarcoidosis and neurofibromatosis?

Is there a connection between sarcoidosis and neurofibromatosis?

No: Neurofibromatosis is a genetic condition that affects patients from birth. Sarcoidosis is an acquired disease, albeit with some genetic predisposition. The two are not linked however, as far as I know. ...Read more

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What kind of cough medication can someone with sarcoidosis take?

What kind of cough medication can someone with sarcoidosis take?

Depends: Just like anyone, there are causes of coughing and the cough is treated the same way. A productive cough is treated with expectorant to help with clearing of secretion, and if with allergy, treated like allergy. Bronchospasms is treated with the inhalers. If there is already co2 retention, be careful with narcotic cough suppressants to avoid severe sedation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is kombucha drink related to sarcoidosis disease?

Kombucha: There appears no good evidence that kombucha is good for anything but is good to be avoided. It has some relationship to molds but I can find no literature relating kombucha to sarcoid. ...Read more