Sarcoidosis is a disease that affects many organ systems, but the most commonly affected are the lungs and the lymph nodes of the chest. In most cases, Sarcoidosis resolves itself within two years. However, in about 1/10 of all cases Sarcoidosis progresses to the point of fibrosis or scarring. When this occurs in the lungs, it can produce a chronic cough and shortness of breath. Lymph nodes may be enlarged, which is usually of no consequence. Skin lesions may develop, often in scars. If the heart muscle is affected, heart failure may occur. Again, this severe form of Sarcoidosis only occurs in about 10 percent of all people suffering from sarcoidosis. Consider the following treatment options for Sarcoidosis:
- Prednisone (steroid)
Sarcoidosis usually affects people in their 20s to 40s. Women are affected more often than men, and blacks more than whites (by a 15:1 margin). Sarcoidosis most commonly affects the following organs:
- Nervous System
Always consult a physician regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Sarcoidosis.