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About Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis (sar"koi-do'sis) involves inflammation that produces tiny lumps of cells in various organs in your body. The lumps are called granulomas (gran"u-lo'mahs) because they look like grains of sugar or sand. They are very small and can be seen only with a microscope.
 
Sarcoidosis affects men and women of all  ages and races worldwide. It occurs mostly between  ages 20 to 40; especially in African American women. In addtion there is no cure.
 
These tiny granulomas can grow and clump together, making many large and small groups of lumps. If many granulomas form in an organ, they can affect how the organ works. This can cause symptoms of sarcoidosis.
 
Symptoms usually depend on which organs the disease affects. If the lungs and lymphnodes are affected symptoms would include shortness of breath, a dry cough, wheezing, and enlarged and sometimes tender lymph nodes.  General  symptoms  can include:  uneasiness  feeling sick, tiredness, fatigues, weakness, fever, and night sweats while sleeping.
 
Sarcoidosis can occur in almost any part of your body, although it usually affects some organs more than others. It usually starts in one of two places:
  • Lungs
  • Lymph nodes, especially the lymph nodes in your chest cavity.
  • Skin
  • Eyes
  • Liver. 
Sarcoidosis has an active and a nonactive phase:
  • In the active phase, the granulomas form and grow. In this phase, symptoms can develop, and scar tissue can form in the organs where the granulomas occur.
  • In the nonactive phase, the inflammation goes down, and the granulomas stay the same size or shrink. But the scars may remain and cause symptoms.
Sarcoidosis does not usually cause sudden illness.
However, some symptoms may occur suddenly. They include:
  • Disturbed heart rhythms
  • Arthritis in the ankles
  • Eye symptoms
Treatment for sarcoidosis is prednisone, corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory drugs.
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