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Sarcoidosis, also known as sarcoid or Besnier-Boeck disease is an immune system disorder distinguished by small inflammatory nodules called granulomas that most commonly arises in young adults. The nodules are called granulomas because they look like grains of sugar or sand. They are very small and can be seen only with a microscope. These tiny granulomas can grow and clump together, making many large and small groups of lumps. If many granulomas form in an organ, they can affect how the organ works. This can cause symptoms of Sarcoidosis.

The root of sarcoidosis is still a mystery. Virtually any organ can be affected; however, granulomas most frequently appear in the lungs or the lymph nodes. Symptoms can occasionally appear rapidly but generally appear steadily. The clinical course varies and ranges from asymptomatic disease to a devastating chronic condition that may even lead to death.

Sarcoidosis can occur in almost all parts of the body. However, it usually affects some organs more than others. It generally starts in lungs or lymph nodes, especially the lymph nodes in the chest cavity. Sarcoidosis can also affect skin eyes or liver. Unusually, it can affect spleen, nerves, brain, tear glands, heart, bones, joints and salivary glands. In extreme rare cases, it can affect thyroid glands, kidneys, breasts and reproductive organs as well. Almost all times, sarcoidosis affects more than one organ at a time.

Sarcoidosis has an active and a nonactive phase. In the active phase, the granulomas form and grow. In this phase, symptoms can develop, and scar tissue can form in the organs where the granulomas occur. In the nonactive phase, the inflammation goes down, and the granulomas stay the same size or shrink. But the scars may remain and cause symptoms.

Symptoms of the Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis usually doesn’t cause sudden illness. However, some symptoms may appear unexpectedly. They include:

  • Troubled heart rhythms
  • Arthritis in the ankles
  • Eye symptoms

In some serious cases in which vital organs are affected, sarcoidosis can result in death.

World Trade Center and Sarcoidosis

Though the reason for Sarcoidosis is still unknown, some cases have been determined to be caused by inhalation of the dust from the collapse of the World Trade Center after the September 11, 2001 attacks. In May 2007, physicians reported that a number of New York City firefighters who had been exposed to the dust of the World Trade Center collapse were developed sarcoidosis.

Free Initial Consultation - If you or a loved one was near the World Trade Center after the 9/11 tragedy, helped in the cleanup, or live or work near the site, and you have been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, you may be entitled to compensation. Please fill out and submit the form at the right or contact us today at 1-800-780-2686.

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