What Is Sarcoidosis?

By amanda
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Sarcoidosis is a disease that presents itself in a variety of ways. The technical classification is an inflammatory disease, with the typical presentation being the formation of tiny clumps of inflammatory cells, or granulomas, in the organs of the body. The interesting thing about this condition is its varying degrees of evolution. Some patients will experience long-term symptoms, but others may have the disease go away on its own.

However, caution should be taken at any sign or symptom of the disorder because if the condition is left untreated, you may experience permanent scarring, or fibrosis, of organ tissue, which can lead to other complications. Before jumping ahead, it is necessary to understand the disease and what better way to do that than with some FAQs?

1. What Are the Symptoms of Sarcoidosis?

As sarcoidosis can affect different organs in the body, it is hard to stipulate definitive symptoms because the signs vary widely. Also, because of the varying degrees of the illness, some people have no signs of the disorder, while others are greatly affected. However, despite the difficulty of assigning a specific set of symptoms to sarcoidosis, many patients often present with Lofgren’s Syndrome, or a classic set of four symptoms: fever, swollen or painful joints, enlarged lymph nodes and erythema nodosum.

While the first three symptoms above don’t necessarily mean a definitive diagnosis, erythema nodosum, or red, tender bumps on the front of the legs, in combination with the other symptoms, is a good sign that the condition is present. However, due to the nature of the disease, there are a plethora of other possible symptoms, which means it is best to discuss all possible symptoms with your doctor.


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