Characterized by multiple small areas of inflammation and scarring called granulomas, sarcoidosis may be asymptomatic. However, a small percentage of patients will progress to chronic respiratory failure. If you suspect you have sarcoidosis, see your doctor.
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can occur in any organ in the body, however it affects the lungs in as much as 90 percent of cases. The cause is unknown, and it can occur in patients of all ages.
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Chest pain
- Weight loss
Screening tests for sarcoidosis include pulmonary function tests (PFTs), chest X-rays and/or CT scans of the chest. Definitive diagnosis may require a biopsy.
Sarcoidosis Treatment at Inspira
Even though many patients don’t experience persistent symptoms or complications, it’s important to see a specialist. If treatment is necessary, your doctor may prescribe medications such as corticosteroids to relieve symptoms. These medications can help clear up the disease within a few months. Long term follow-up is required, however, as the disease can recur.