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Is Chest Pain A Complication of Sarcoidosis?

06/20/2008

Question:

My Mother-in-law has Sarcoidosis and has had it for years now. She is almost 80 years old and has lots of other health problems. She has been having chest pain and was in hospital. All tests ran ruled out any heart problems. So we were wondering if this could be a complication from her Sarcoidosis?

Answer:

Dear Sir/Madam-

Chest pain is a common symptom of sarcoidosis. However, it is wise to exclude other causes before ascribing the pain to sarcoidosis. In addition to chest pain caused by heart disease, which is the biggest concern, there could be other serious causes of chest pain, such as blood clots in the lung (pulmonary embolism), or less serious causes, such as gastritis. Your doctors can help sort this out. Usually the chest pain symptoms of sarcoidosis go along with other signs of disease activity, such as enlarged lymph nodes in the chest or increased involvement of the lungs and other symptoms, such as a chronic cough.

Sincerely,

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Response by:

Elliott D Crouser, MD Elliott D Crouser, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University