90% of Sarcoidosis cases involve the lungs.
• Weight loss, loss of appetite
• Fever, night sweats and sleep problems
Many people with sarcoidosis have no symptoms at all. Or they may have organ-specific symptoms.
• Lungs: shortness of breath, wheezing or dry cough
• Lymph nodes: enlarged and sometimes tender lymph nodes, most often in the neck and chest
• Eyes: burning, itching, tearing, redness, sensitivity to light, dryness, seeing black spots, blurred vision, reduced color vision, and in rare cases blindness
• Skin: bumps, ulcers, and in rare cases flat areas of discolored skin that appear mostly near the nose or eyes or on the back, arms, legs and scalp. Painful and tender bumps can also appear on the ankles and shin
• Bones and Joints: bone lumps (nodules) that cause pain in the hands and feet, as well as swelling in the ankles or other joints.
• Spleen and Liver: fever, fatigue or itching. There may be pain in the upper right part of the abdomen, under the ribs
• Heart: Shortness of breath, swelling in the legs, wheezing, coughing, and chest pain. You may feel an irregular heartbeat at times or pass out
• Salivary Glands: swelling and overly dry mouth
• Nervous System: headaches, vision problems, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, drooping on one side of the face, loss of movement in the arms or legs, painful needle feeling
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What causes sarcoidosis?
The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. It can affect people of every race, sex and age.
How is sarcoidosis diagnosed?
There is no single diagnostic test for sarcoidosis. If you exhibit symptoms of sarcoidosis, your health care provider may look at your medical history and perform one or more tests to confirm the diagnosis.
• Chest x-ray
How is sarcoidois treated?
For some, sarcoidosis may improve without any treatment.
Is sarcoidosis serious?
Sarcoidosis has both an active phase and inactive phase. When the disease is active granulomas (lumps) form and grow, symptoms develop, and scar tissue can develop in the affected organs. When the disease is inactive inflammation decreases and granulomas stay the same size or shrink.