Sarcoidosis is a disease that probably involves the immune system. There is a build up of inflammatory cells or white chess in the tissues of the body. Those regions most commonly affected include the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes an skin. The symptoms that occur depend on which organ is primarily involved. The disease is seen typically between 20 and 40 years of age and is more common in black individuals and in women. Most cases seem to resolve themselves spontaneously over several years. A small group develops chronic symptoms.
Causes of Sarcoidosis
The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Sarcoidosis
They symptoms depend on which organs are involved. There may be mild or no symptoms. Generalized symptoms include fatigue, muscle aches, weight loss, loss of appetite and fever. Difficulty breathing may be associated with cough and wheezing. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin or armpit may occur. Red eye, that can be painful may be seen in association with blurred vision or increased sensitivity to light. Painful joints, reddish skin lumps on the legs and bluish, swollen area of the face may occur. Lumps may develop in the respiratory mucosa and nasal cavity. They may produce nasal discharge.
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