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Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Sarcoidosis (Overview)

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, fever, and weight loss.


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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. Marci Dietrich
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Sarcoidosis (Overview)

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, fever, and weight loss.


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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

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What are the symptoms of sarcoidosis?

Varies: The most common symptoms is no symptoms. Other symptoms depend on severity and what organs are affected and can include rashes, joint aches, chest pain, shortness of breath or eye problems among others. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the separate diagnoses of carcinoid syndrome and sarcoidosis at the same time?

Yes: These are two separate diseases. Carcionoid syndrome is flushing and diarrhea associated with a carcinoid tumor and sarcoidosis is a disorder in which the body makes granulomas, typically in e lungs. ...Read more

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Test for sarcoidosis,ACE inhibitor results normal. Does this definitively rule it out?

Test for sarcoidosis,ACE inhibitor results normal. Does this definitively rule it out?

Not definitively: This does not completely rule out sarcoidosis. Work up includes thorough evaluation med history, exam and several tests may be indicated depending on other symptoms. Lesions of sarcoidosis often secrete the ACE enzyme. Not always high. You listed Chest XR as completed. Often ordered. More tests on lungs if needed. Possible biopsy of any lesions such as the rash you listed, if indicated ...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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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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