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What is sarcoidosis? What are the conditions of sarcoidosis, what are the causes and can people recover without any treatment?
Sarcoidosis : Sarcoidosis is disease that causes inflammation of the lungs, kidneys and eyes. It is more common in patients of scandinavian or african america descent. It can cause episodes of acute & chronic lung & kidney disease & eye inflammation (uveitis)- treated with steroids & autoimmune medications. Most patients need treatment for complications that can cause significant damage when not treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I'm just wondering, if you have lupus and sarcoidosis and you refuse treatment. How long could you live for?
It depends: It depends on the organ involvement. Talk to your rheumatologist who knows your case best and he or she could give you a better estimate. ...Read more
Multi organ: Can affect many organs, most common is some effect on lung capacity. Can also effect vision. Mainstay has been steroids but many doctors are turning to some type of immune modulator and some to some of the classic big gun arthritic medications in resistant cases or to be steroid sparing. ...Read more
I think I might have sarcoidosis, what should I look for in selecting a doctor or treatment center?
Word of mouth...: Selecting a good rheumatologist is difficult; try to go be word of mouht, referral from someone you know that uses that doctor; or you can contact your local medical society and let them direct you. Also; if there is a major teaching hospital in your area try to choose the doctor affiliated with that institution. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There are treatments for sarcoidosis although these have been studied less thoroughly than other diseases. Steroids are usually the first choice and are very effective for most patients who require treatment. Spontaneous remissions occur and immunosuppressive medications are needed in severe cases. There are racial differences in response to treatment and severity of disease. Cures are variable. ...Read more
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