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What is Sarcoidosis, what are the symptoms, and how is it treated?

My son had been coughing and feeling very tired for a long period of time and it was affecting his work and his life style. He finally made an appointment with his doctor. The doctor did a thorough checkup with blood work and chest x-rays. When the chest x-ray came back it showed multiple spots in the lungs. The doctor immediately ordered a series of chest x-ray and body x-rays since these spots could be cancer.

Our entire family went into panic mode knowing that at 41 years of age, married for three years, and with a small baby only a year old, that multiple spots, if they were indeed cancer, could very well mean an imminent life threatening illness. When the next series of x-rays came back they showed that the cells were throughout his body from the neck to the groin area.

Despair waged war with hope as we waited for the biopsy reports which proved to be, not cancer, but sarcoidosis, a rare disease which could still be life threatening in the most severe cases. Follow the links below to find out what sarcoidosis is, who is likely to get sarcoidosis, what the symptoms are, and how sarcoidosis is treated.

Sarcoidosis Resources

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
In people who have sarcoidosis, some of the immune system cells cluster to form lumps called granulomas (gran-yu-LO-mas) in various organs in your body.
Wikipedia Sarcoidosis Information
Wikipedia offers an in depth description of this rare disease and the causes and pathophysiology.
A description of sarcoidosis, things we know about sarcoidosis, things we don't know about sarcoidosis, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated, plus living with sarcoidosis, and patient discussions from people who have sarcoidosis.
Mayo Clinic
Covers the definition, symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, preparing for your appointment, tests and diagnosis, treatments and drugs.
Autoimmunity Research
A description for how bacteria interfere with the innate immune response.

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