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Pulmonary Sarcoidosis Overview

Another name for Pulmonary Sarcoidosis is Sarcoidosis.

What is sarcoidosis?
A person with sarcoidosis has inflammation of organs throughout the body, including the skin, lungs, liver, eyes, lymph nodes, heart, nerves bones, and joints. The inflammation causes scarring, which can damage the organs. Sarcoidosis results from an abnormal immune system, which normally fights infection. The immune system mistakenly attacks normal tissue. The cause of the abnormal immune system in sarcoidosis is unknown. The most common location for sarcoidosis is the lungs.

What are the symptoms of sarcoidosis?
Common symptoms of sarcoidosis include cough, difficulty breathing, lymph node swelling, eye redness, eye swelling, rash, and red, swollen skin lumps. Additional symptoms may include joint pains, joint swelling, fatigue, fever, excessive sweating, and weight loss.

How does the doctor treat sarcoidosis?
There is no cure for sarcoidosis. Treatment for sarcoidosis may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, oral corticosteroid medications, medications that suppress the immune system, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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