A Serious Disease That Often Goes Unnoticed

What bodily system does Sarcoidosis affect?

Sarcoidosis attacks different parts of the outer body, but it also effects a few organs.

The skin is mainly attacked, and you will be able to see it because it often looks like a purple or red rash, but the lungs can also be effected and it would be deadlier.

"Sarcoidosis most commonly targets the lungs and lymph nodes, but the disease can and usually does affect others organs, too, including (but not limited to) the skin, eyes, liver, salivary glands, sinuses, kidneys, heart, the muscles and bones, and the brain and nervous system."

What causes sarcoidosis, is it genetic disease or a pathogen?

Sarcoidosis is caused by a combination of factors, most scientist don't really know the specific cause. Scientists also believe that sarcoidosis is a disease that comes from the failure of the immune system, others believe it is from viruses and pathogens in the environment that attack the lungs and/or other body parts.

One man with this disease got it from constantly working outside, digging up streets, and not wearing protective masks as often as he should.

A Interview With A Person Who Suffers With Sarcoidosis

He Was Diagnosed In 2010 and It has Not Gone Away

Q: What were the chain of events that lead up to your diagnosis of sarcoidosis?
A: Persistent cough and pain. Multiple visits to the doctor.

Q: What kind of pain did it cause and where?
A: Very sharp pains in my stomach. It made me not want to eat.

Q: What medications were prescribed?
A: I was sent to the hospital and given an IV because I didn't want to eat because of the immense pain in my stomach. They also gave me pain medication. A bone marrow test was taken for the thought of Cancer. It came out negative, so they ran multiple other tests until the doctors realized it was Sarcoidosis.

Q: Can this disease go away?
A: Yes

Q: Do you think you it will ever go away for you?

A: Most likely not because I still work in an environment with a lot of dust and dirt, although I no longer dig in the streets, I deliver materials to the sites and the trucks are often dusty.

What Are The Symptoms of Sarcoidosis?

-Fever -Persistent Cough -Mild Chest Pain

-Fatigue -Shortness of Breath

-Night Sweats -Enlarged Lymph Nodes

-Weight Loss -Dry Cough

How Many People Are Effected By Sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis affects people worldwide of many ethnic groups and ages. However, this disease is most prevalent in people in the 20-45 age group. In the United States, it is most common in African Americans and Scandinavians of European decent. Although African Americans are more likely to get the disease, your chances of getting it are still less than 2 percent.

Women have a higher chance of getting sarcoidosis than men.

How Is This Disease Distributed Worldwide?

Sarcoidosis is not a disease that can be "spread" nor is it "contagious", It's an autoimmune disease that can only develop after being exposed to certain pathogens. Those pathogens are known as Cell Wall Deficient (CWD), they are known as L-Forms or Coccoid forms. This basically means that they are spherically shaped. These bacteria are so hard to find that regular tests in hospitals often do not detect them.

Is Sarcoidosis A Serious Disease?

The severity of this disease is yet to be determined because it varies (or changes) with each patient. Some people with sarcoidosis have no symptems, people that do show some symptems usually show no type of pain or impairment.

Sarcoidosis often leads to scar tissue and difficulty breathing, though it usually only becomes difficult to breathe when you are exerted. 20 to 25% of patients have a loss of lung function, but they can still live a fairly normal life. Less than 5% of Sarcoidosis cases turn out to be fatal.

What Diseases Can Sarcoidosis Mimic During The Process Of Diagnosis?

Some patients have granulomas. Clumps of cells that characterize sarcoidosis that may occasionally be associated with high levels of calcium in the blood and urine. This can lead to Kidney stones.

It can be confused with Lymphoma, tumors of the Lymph nodes.

And even tuberculosis. To properly diagnose sarcoidosis doctors will take an x-ray of the chest, the pictures that are taken can often resemble multiple different diseases of the lungs.

Treatment for Pulmonary (Lung) Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis Of The Lungs - Treatment For Sarcoidosis Of The Lungs

Do You Have Acne?

Researchers in Japan tested the hypothesis that acne was a diluted form of sarcoidosis, just like a cold sore is a weaker version of the herpes simplex virus.

"In this study, Localization of Propionibacterium acnes in granulomas supports a possible etiologic link between sarcoidosis and the bacterium, published in Modern Pathology (May 2012), Japanese scientists tested the hypothesis that P. acnes is an etiologic agent of sarcoidosis. This is a bacteria normally found on human skin, the same bacteria that causes acne. Surprisingly, this bacteria has been found inside sarcoid granulomas and in the fluid washed from the surface of the lungs (BAL) during diagnostic procedures.

Researchers identified a P. acnes trigger-factor protein that induced pulmonary granulomas only in mice with latentP. acnesinfection in their lungs. Eradication of P. acnes by antibiotics in these mice prevented granulomas, which might explain the recently reported effectiveness of tetracyclines for treating sarcoidosis. They found greater than 50% reactivity: 57% in lung tissue and 88% in lymph node. They also found bodies that might be intact forms of intracellular bacteria, because they lacked a cell wall structure. This study concluded that sarcoidosis may arise from an imbalance of Th1/Th17 immune responses against viable P. acnes, but not M. tuberculosis complex." -Bacterial Etiology of Sarcoidosis