Sarcoidosis

Seniors sitting on a benchSarcoidosis is a disorder of inflammation in the body. In sarcoidosis the body makes clusters of abnormal tissue called granulomas.

The inflammation and the granulomas can cause damage in the tissues and organs in which they are present.

Sarcoidosis most often affects the lungs but can also involve the skin, eyes, liver, lymph nodes, heart, brain and other nerves.

The University of Maryland Medical Center has experienced providers available to treat all cases of sarcoidosis, no matter if it's mild or advanced.

Meet our sarcoidosis specialist, Renee Dixon, MD, or call 410-328-8141 to make an appointment.

Symptoms can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal weight loss
  • Chest pains
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Blurry vision
  • Joint pain

Treating Sarcoidosis

Treatment is available though for those who need it, but a large percentage of patients with sarcoidosis do not require treatment.

Treatment most often is with steroids, either by mouth or as a cream or eye drops. Treatment could require other medications, such as methotrexate, azathioprine, or cellcept. In rare cases, advanced treatments such as lung or other organ transplantation are required for sarcoidosis.

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