Sarcoidosis is a disease falling under the category of inflammatory diseases. It can attack several body organs but is most often seen in the lungs or lymph glands. The inflamed organ tissue loses its ability to purge the inflammation so it becomes a mass or nodule. Clusters of immune cells called granulomas are formed that will eventually alter the organ’s structure and function. Symptoms will vary according to what organs are affected. This article outlines the symptoms of various parts of the body affected.
Information. Doctors can’t predict how any one patient’s sarcoidosis will progress, but symptoms, a physical exam, findings from laboratory studies, and a patient’s race can provide clues. The sudden onset of general symptoms such as fatigue, fever, unexplained weight loss, and a general ill feeling usually indicates the course of the disease. Most will be relatively mild and short-lived. Shortness of breath and skin symptoms mean a longer lasting and more severe case. Caucasians most often have a milder form of sarcoidosis while African-Americans and Puerto Ricans are more likely to develop more severe forms. Lung symptoms are more common among people in the United States who go on to develop the disease for a longer term.