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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 tiny collections of inflammatory cells grow in different parts of the body, most commonly the lungs, lymph ...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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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

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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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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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What could happen if sarcoidosis is left untreated?

What could happen if sarcoidosis is left untreated?

Depends: If it is only cause enlarged lymph nodes, no treatment is usually needed. So, it depends on the body system involved. If it is causing lung problems, it needs treatment. ...Read more

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What doctors specialize in sarcoidosis treatments?

Pulmonologist: Sarcoidosis is a condition where inflammatory deposits can localize in multiple sites in the body, but most commonly the clinical findings are most prevalent in the lungs (hilar adenopathy, micronodule deposition in lung tissue). Changes in pulmonary function studies, coughing, and dyspnea might occur. In heart, sarcoidosis can result in arrhythmias, and cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

Not pretty: Emphysema lungs are large and have many distended air sacks. It is commonly called "smokers lung" and the lungs look as in the picture. Sarcoidosis, though, rarely can have "emphysematous changes", . For the most part, it is associated with scarring of the lungs as well as large lymph nodes in between the lungs. ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis now have lumps/swelling inside my eyelids/tissue surrounding what are symptoms of sarcoidosis of the eyes? Going to see eye Dr.

I have sarcoidosis now have lumps/swelling inside my eyelids/tissue surrounding what are symptoms of sarcoidosis of  the eyes?  Going to see eye Dr.

Diminished vision: Sarcoidosis is a slow inflammatory condition that features growths called granulomata. These can appear on lacrimal glands and create dry eyes. These can appear inside the eye orbit or on the optic nerve. These can cause nerve irritations and cause a paralysis of eye movements. If on the optic nerve, loss of vision may result. Floaters can result from inflammatory cells. ...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 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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Please tell me what can I do about sarcoidosis ?

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Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis is a condition where tiny lumps, known as granulomas, develop at various sites within your body, due to inflammation. These granulomas are made up of cells involved in inflammationMore than three quarters of people with sarcoidosis do not need any treatment. sometimes simple painkillers such as paracetamol or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen are helpful. Steroid pills are used to treat. ...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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What are the symptoms of sarcoidosis and what can I do to address them?

What are the symptoms of sarcoidosis and what can I do to address them?

Multiple: Sarcoid affects multiple organs and is followed by many different specialists. Problems can include arthrits. Skin rashes particularly one called erythema nodosum, eye inflammation, lung problems, swollen lymph nodes, fevers and multiple other problems. Sarcoidosis can be difficult to diagnose unless it is thought about by your physician. Medications are usually necessary and needs a doctor's care. ...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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