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Other Names for this Disease
- Sarcoid of Boeck
- Schaumann's disease
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 The granulomas can be found in almost any part of the body, but occur more commonly in the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes, skin, and liver. Although no one is sure what causes sarcoidosis, it is thought by most scientists to be a disorder of the immune system. The course of the disease varies from person to person. It often goes away on its own, but in some people symptoms of sarcoidosis may last a lifetime. For those who need treatment, anti-inflammatory medications can help.Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease characterized by the development and growth of tiny lumps of cells called granulomas. If these tiny granulomas grow and clump together in an organ, they can affect how the organ works, leading to the symptoms of sarcoidosis.
Last updated: 3/30/2010
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- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition. Click on the link to view the information.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- eMedicine has six articles on this topic from the perspective of Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, and Pulmonology. You may need to register to view the information online, but registration is free. Click on the links above to view the articles from this medical reference Web site.
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- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Sarcoidosis. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Sarcoidosis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.