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Question (05/22/2012):

Title: Sarcoidosis | Cause | Signs | Symptoms

I have recently been diagnosed with sarcoidosis.

Can you tell me about this disease what it is and the cause and signs and symptoms?

Thank you for your time and info.


Sarcoidosis also called sarcoid, Besnier-Boeck disease or Besnier-Boeck-Schaumann involves inflammation that produces tiny lumps of cells in various organs in the body.

Sarcoidosis is a disease in which inflammation occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, liver, eyes, skin, or other tissues.

About 60% to 80% of sarcoidosis cases are self-limiting, meaning that they disappear, at least partially, without intervention.

The cause of the disease is unknown, and it often gets better without treatment.

The treatment of sarcoidosis often depends on the specific symptoms of each patient. Often, no treatment is needed. But, for some, intense treatment is required.

Not everyone with sarcoidosis will need treatment. Up to one half of the people diagnosed with sarcoidosis improve without treatment.

Symptoms for sarcoidosis can range from very mild to severe

Signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis tend to vary, depending on which organs are affected and for how long the patient has had the disease. Sometimes sarcoidosis develops gradually and produces signs and symptoms that last for years.

Sarcoidosis is usually asymptomatic, which means there are no outward signs that the person has the disease.

The symptoms of sarcoidosis can vary greatly, depending on which organs are involved. Most patients initially complain of a persistent dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

Other symptoms may include:

-Tender reddish bumps or patches on the skin.
-Red and teary eyes or blurred vision.
-Swollen and painful joints.
-Enlarged and tender lymph glands in the neck, armpits, and groin.
-Enlarged lymph glands in the chest and around the lungs.
-Nasal stiffness and hoarse voice.
-Pain in the hands, feet, or other bony areas due to the formation of cysts (an abnormal sac-like growth) in bones.
-Kidney stone formation.
-Enlarged liver.
-Development of abnormal or missed heart beats (arrhythmias), inflammation of the covering of the heart (pericarditis), or heart failure.
-Nervous system effects, including hearing loss, meningitis, seizures, or psychiatric disorders (for example, dementia, depression, psychosis).

In some people, symptoms may begin suddenly and/or severely and subside in a short period of time. Others may have no outward symptoms at all even though organs are affected. Still others may have symptoms that appear slowly and subtly, but which last or recur over a long time span.

You may find more information regarding your question at:

I had sarcoidosis for 10-15 years

Sarcoidosis, pulmonary hypertension or lymphoma.

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