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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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Is sarcoidosis more prevalent among people of certain occupations?

Sarcoidosis: Dear js sarcoidosis is found most commonly among the health care professions and teachers. Ethnicity also seems to be a factor in that those of african and hispanic origin make up about 50% of those with this disease. Northern europeans also make up for a moderately large percent. It is not considered contagious, but a sarcoid patient cannot be a donor of organs as it has been transmitted. ...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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Should I be on a special diet with sarcoidosis?

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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Is there any new information about sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis.: Yes there is. You can obtain this by using google or a site like medscape. ...Read more

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Need to know if I can possibly have sarcoidosis?

See a doctor: Then see a doctor and get your symptoms evaluated. Since you list no specifics no one can give you a specific answer. ...Read more

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What is your experience with sarcoidosis recovery?

Quite variable: In caucasions most people recover with or without treatment (90%). In blacks and asians the disease tends to be more severe and resistant to treatment. Most patients do well with steroids; some require more immunosuppressive therapy which has more risk. Some require no treatment at all. As a specialist I tend to see the worst patients which sometimes colors my expectations. ...Read more

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

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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Is there a relation between sarcoidosis and cardiomyopathy?

Is there a relation between sarcoidosis and cardiomyopathy?

Sarcoidosis: Non-cardiac sarcoidosis doesn't cause cardiomyopathy. But if you have cardiac sarcoidosis it could manifest as cardiomyopathy. It is a kind of infiltrative cardiac disease. ...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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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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Can sarcoidosis cause raynauds?

Can sarcoidosis cause raynauds?

Yes: Yes - it can be associated with Raynaud's - not cause it. ...Read more

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Will sarcoidosis affect my pregnancy?

Will sarcoidosis affect my pregnancy?

Other way: Pregnancy can precipitate a sarcoidosis flare. In more than 60% of the cases however, sarcoidosis severity will remain unchanged, or even improve during pregnancy. Certain medications used to treat sarcoidosis are not safe during pregnancy, others increase your blood sugar and thus the risk of complications. ...Read more

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How does sarcoidosis differ from prolactinoma?

Almost not: Sarcoidosis is a systemic problem in which the body forms inflammatory granules in a variety of organs. A prolactinoma is a tumor leading to excess production of the hormone prolactin. A few conditions have both problems, but it's rather rare. ...Read more