Sarcoidosis (sar-koy-DO-sis) is a disease of unknown cause that leads to inflammation. This disease affects the body’s organs.

Sarcoidosis most commonly affects the lungs and lymph glands. As a result of the inflammation, abnormal lumps or nodules called granulomas (gran-yu-LO-mas) form in one or many organs of the body. These granulomas may change the normal structure and possibly the function of the affected organs. This change leads to a long term or life long effect on the effected organs even after the inflammation has decreased.

Because Sarcoidosis can lead to chronic impairment of all vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, brain, liver, eyes and glands. It can cause death, and disability.

There is no known cause or cure for this debilitating disorder. There are treatments to reduce some of the inflammation but these medications (Corticosteroids) have damaging and long term side effects.

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month. Let's find a cure!!

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