Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 242 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Aug-2003
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Sarcoidosis: Part I
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) and a cough that won't go away can be among the first symptoms of sarcoidosis. But sarcoidosis can also show up suddenly with the appearance of skin rashes. Red bumps (erythema nodosum) on the face, arms, or shins, and inflammation of the eyes are also common symptoms. It is not unusual, however, for sarcoidosis symptoms to be more general. Weight loss, fatigue, night sweats, fever, or just an overall feeling of ill health can also be clues to the disease. more

Sarcoidosis: Part II
Preliminary diagnosis of sarcoidosis is based on the patient's medical history, routine tests, a physical examination, and a chest x-ray. The diagnosis of sarcoidosis is confirmed by eliminating other diseases with similar features. These include such granulomatous diseases as berylliosis (a disease resulting from exposure to beryllium metal), tuberculosis, farmer's lung disease (hypersensitivity pneumonitis), fungal infections, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, and cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma). more


Sarcoidosis: Part III
There are many unanswered questions about sarcoidosis. Identifying the agent that causes the illness, along with the inflammatory mechanisms that set the stage for the alveolitis, granuloma formation, and fibrosis that characterize the disease, is the major aim of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's program on sarcoidosis. Development of reliable methods of diagnosis, treatment, and eventually, the prevention of sarcoidosis is the ultimate goal.  more

Sarcoidosis: Current clinical trials
Read information regarding the latest NIH clinical trials for sarcoidosis. Four studies are currently recruiting.  more

Information for patients: Bronchoscopy
This two-page handout describes bronchoscopy in simple terms: Bronchoscopy is a routine diagnostic procedure that lets your doctor see inside your lungs and possibly to get tissue to examine. The procedure uses a bronchoscope: a small, narrow, tube with a light and lens at the tip.  more

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