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Question: sarcoidosis, lab results


 EMADTAWFEEK - Wed Mar 24, 2004 12:11 am

what is sarcoidosis?
what is the treatment?
what are the factors that affect LAB. results ?
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Sun Mar 28, 2004 2:28 pm

User avatar Dear Emad,

Sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown cause that causes small inflammatory growths called granulomas mainly in the lungs and the lymph nodes of the lungs but it involves other areas as well.

Its course is variable, it can range from being an asymptomatic disease with spontaneous resolution to progressive disease with lots of complications ending sometimes in death.

The lungs are the most commonly affected organs.

Diagnosis of sarcoidosis relies on clinical picture and other investigations. The main invetigation used is chest and thoracic imaging mainly by x-rays and ct scans. There are many blood tests that could be used but none of them has proven to be either highly sensitive or specific. The ultimate diagnostic tool is a biopsy of the affected place to look for the granulomas that the disease produces.

If the clinical picture or the chest x-rays are so typical, some doctors think that a biopsy is not needed to estabilsh diagnosis.

Treatment of sarcoidosis is usually carried out by using steroids, other medications include methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine.

Thank you very much for using our website http://doctorslounge.com and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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