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Sarcoidosis

Lung & Sleep Institute

Pulmonologist, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Specialist located in White Plains, MD

Sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory issue that not only affects your lungs, but it can also impact your heart and tissues throughout your body. Because sarcoidosis can lead to permanent scarring of lung tissue, it’s important to schedule an evaluation with leading pulmonologists Song C. Chon, MD and Abbas Omais, MD at the Lung & Sleep Institute in White Plains, Maryland. They offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment solutions, so you can get the resolution you need. Book your visit through the online scheduling system or call the clinic.

Sarcoidosis Q & A

What is sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis is a type of interstitial lung disease that causes multiple growth collections of inflammatory cells. While sarcoidosis growths can develop in various parts of your body, including your lymph nodes and skin, it most commonly affects your lungs, which can affect your breathing.

It isn’t well known what causes sarcoidosis, although medical experts believe it stems from inhaling a foreign substance, such as a virus, bacteria, or dust chemicals. The theory is that when this substance enters your body, your immune system overreacts and causes the inflammatory growths.

How is sarcoidosis diagnosed?

Diagnosing sarcoidosis can be difficult since the condition often mimics signs and symptoms that other lung disorders cause. Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais may diagnose sarcoidosis by ordering a chest X-ray and evaluating your current symptoms.

Not only do these in-office evaluations help diagnose sarcoidosis, but they can also rule out other chronic lung conditions. If you do have sarcoidosis, you’re likely going to experience:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unexplained fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing

Aside from evaluating your lungs and symptoms, Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais could also request a lung biopsy to confirm a sarcoidosis diagnosis. Generally, though, a lung biopsy is only needed if you’re experiencing severe symptoms or have a high risk of permanent lung damage.

Is there treatment for sarcoidosis?

Yes, but there is no cure. Getting treatment for sarcoidosis is essential since it can lead to permanent scarring if left untreated. With modern sarcoidosis medications, many men and women go on to live long, healthy lives.

Sarcoidosis drugs work by minimizing lung inflammation or by suppressing your immune system. You might need to try different types of medications or change dosages to ensure you have optimal improvement. Dr. Chon and Dr. Omais strive to provide a remedy that offers effective relief.

Roughly half the time sarcoidosis resolves itself on its own, without causing further issues. While rare, in severe cases with significant sarcoidosis damage, you might need a lung transplant.

Schedule your sarcoidosis evaluation at the Lung & Sleep Institute by using the online scheduler, or by calling the office.