The rare inflammatory condition that is sarcoidosis
Discover the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this little-known medical disorder
Sarcoidosis is a rare inflammatory condition that develops when groups of cells in your immune system form patches of swollen tissue, called granulomas. These can cluster in the organs of the body, typically the lungs and lymph nodes, but also affecting the eyes, skin, heart, and nervous system. The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research estimates that the prevalence of sarcoidosis in the United States, for example, ranges between 150,000 and 200,000 people; around 1.2 million live with the disease worldwide.
For many people with sarcoidosis, symptoms often improve without treatment within a few months or years. In other instances, the condition can impact quality of life. But in extreme cases, sarcoidosis can be life-threatening. So, what are the signs and symptoms of this little-known medical disorder, and how can it be treated?
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