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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

Dr. Marci Dietrich
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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 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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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 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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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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Is lungs sarcoidosis contagious?

Is lungs sarcoidosis contagious?

No: As far as it is known, sarcoidosis is not due to an infection and is not spread from person to person. ...Read more

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Is fatigue common in sarcoidosis?

Is fatigue common in sarcoidosis?

Fatigue and sarcoid,: Yes, fatigue is quite common as are muscle pains, joint pains, sweats, and sometimes weight loss. Skin lesions are also relatively common. The sarcoid granulomas secrete ace. --angiotensin converting enzyme. The enzyme is elevated in some of the patients with sarcoid. Most patients have enlarged lymph nodes in the region of their lungs. ...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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Are sarcoidosis and depression related?

Comorbid: There is a high level of comorbidity between depression and sarcoidosis. This means the two conditions frequently co-occur. It does not necessarily mean that one causes the other, and indeed the relationship between the two is not fully understood. Some believe that depression is an inflammatory condition itself, and possibly common factors lead to the development of both conditions. ...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

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Does sarcoidosis make sugar go up in diabetics?

Does sarcoidosis make sugar go up in diabetics?

No, but steroids do: Sarcoidosis probably does not have much effect on blood sugar by itself, unless it is affecting the pancreas directly, which is very rare. However, steroids such as Prednisone are the most commonly used medications to treat sarcoidosis, and can most certainly cause elevated blood sugar. ...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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How common ice lupus misdiagnosed for sarcoidosis?

Labs, imaging, biopsy: Lupus and sarcoidosis affects many organs and both can have similar symptoms. However doctor (rheumatologist) can differentiate these two diseases by various blood tests, imaging and sometimes biopsy - skin, liver and kidney depending on the organ involved. So the diagnosis is often clear, raraly misdiagnosed. The diagnosis must be confirmed as the treatment options are quite different. ...Read more

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What are the best medicines for sarcoidosis on nose?

Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis can affect many areas of the body... Sinuses, skin, esophagus, lungs, etc. Etc.

It's important to treat it as a systemic condition - not just a localized one.

A rheumatologist is the place to start... ...Read more

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Please help docs! Where is treatment for sarcoidosis?

Depends: We would need to know where the sarcoid is and what symptoms you are having and what you have already tried. ...Read more

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Is sarcoidosis a genetic disease? Will my children get it?

Is sarcoidosis a genetic disease? Will my children get it?

Family sarcoid: It is not likely that you would give your children sarcoid, however your inherited immune system may make it more likely.
The statistics show about a 16%increase of sarcoid in family. Sarcoid has an unknown cause. Some ideas have been, bacteria in the environment-but scientists have not isolated it; or chemicals in the environment-more common on rural areas, fields/ farmers, health care, & teachers. ...Read more

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Is there a link between sarcoidosis and depression symptoms?

Yes: Sarcoidosis is often assoicated with mood related problems, including depression. In fact, there is a relatively high rate of depressive symptoms prior to people getting diagnosed with sarcoidosis. ...Read more

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Why are serum calcium and ACE levels increased in sarcoidosis?

Why are serum calcium and ACE levels increased in sarcoidosis?

Not known.: No one knows exactly why high calcium levels occur in granuloma-forming disorders such as sarcoidosis. Contributing factors may include dehydration, increased uptake of oral calcium and/or decreased calcium excretion, especially if the kidneys are not 100% functional. ACE activity is also increased, but again no one knows exactly why. ACE is thought to be produced by cells in the granulomas. ...Read more

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How effective is prednisolone (Orapred) for treating sarcoidosis?

It is effective but!: Though it is effective we need to know where the sarcoidosis is. Also we need to know about the side effects of the prednisone. These issues need to be discussed with your physician ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis in the same disease family?

Is multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis in the same disease family?

No relationship: Sarcoid affects lung, liver, predominantly, and brain far less frequently, and usually at base of brain, causing a bell's palsy perhaps. Ms affects brain and spinal cord, and stays within central nervous system. Does not affect lung or liver directly. ...Read more

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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more