Sarcoidosis is a disease that leads to inflammation, usually in your lungs, skin, or lymph nodes. It starts as tiny, grain-like lumps, called granulomas. Sarcoidosis can affect any organ in your body.
No one is sure what causes sarcoidosis. It affects men and women of all ages and races. It occurs mostly in people ages 20 to 50, African Americans, especially women, and people of Northern European origin.
Many people have no symptoms. If you have symptoms, they may include
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
Tests to diagnose sarcoidosis include chest x-rays, lung function tests, and a biopsy. Not everyone who has the disease needs treatment. If you do, prednisone, a type of steroid, is the main treatment.
NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Treatments and Therapies
- How Is Sarcoidosis Treated? (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- Living with Sarcoidosis (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Health Check Tools
- Sarcoidosis Quiz (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Statistics and Research
- Sarcoidosis in Diverse Communities 2010 (American Lung Association) - PDF
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Sarcoidosis (National Institutes of Health)