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Sarcoidosis

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is a condition that causes inflammatory cells to collect in tissues and organs. These cells form granulomas (lumps). Any organ can be affected, but the lungs are the most common.

What increases my risk for sarcoidosis?

The cause of sarcoidosis is not known. Sarcoidosis may be caused by an autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease happens when immune cells produce antibodies that attack your own body's cells. The following may increase your risk of sarcoidosis:

What are the signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis?

Signs and symptoms often include weight loss, weakness, fever, and fatigue (feeling mentally and physically tired). You may have swollen, painful lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin. Granulomas may cause other signs and symptoms, depending on where they form:

How is sarcoidosis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask you about other health conditions you may have. Tell your provider if you have a family history of sarcoidosis or autoimmune disease. Your provider may also do an eye exam or any of the following tests:

How is sarcoidosis treated?

Sarcoidosis usually does not need treatment. The following may help prevent or relieve your symptoms:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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