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Inflammatory disease of sarcoidosis can affect any organ

Birendra Sah, MD (photo by Jim Howe)

Birendra Sah, MD (photo by Jim Howe)

Many people learn they have sarcoidosis by accident, when they undergo a chest X-ray because of an injury or an unrelated illness. Of those who are diagnosed with the inflammatory disease, 95% have involvement in their lungs, says pulmonologist Birendra Sah, MD, director of the sarcoidosis program at Upstate. He explains that some patients see a resolution of symptoms, while others experience sarcoidosis in multiple organs. Small clusters of inflammatory cells called granulomas form in the affected organs and can impede the organs' functioning. Treatment is designed to suppress these formations. The cause of sarcoidosis is not known, he notes, but experts believe some people are more susceptible than others.

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