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sarcoidosis

10/25/2010

Question:

Is sarcoidosis consider a respiratory disease?

Answer:

Dear Sir/Madam -
 
In most cases sarcoidosis does involve the lungs and/or the lymph nodes in the chest. Many sarcoidosis patients experience related symptoms, such as shortness of breath and chest pains. As such, sarcoidosis is a disease that frequently involves the lungs. This being said, sarcoidosis often manifests outside of the lungs, causing an array of symptoms ranging from fatigue, arthritis pains, vision changes, rash, neurological problems and others. This explains why it is difficult to categorize the disease and why so many different types of doctors may be involved in the care of sarcoidosis patients.

I realize I did not directly answer your question; however, there is no simple answer. For some patients, the lungs are the biggest problem and I would classify their sarcoidosis as a "respiratory disease". For others, the disease affects other organs and the lungs are not the biggest problem. These patients could not be simply classified as having a respiratory disorder. Sincerely, Elliott Crouser, MD Director, Sarcoidosis Specialty Clinic The Ohio State University Medical Center ________________________________ From: netwellness@uc.edu [mailto:netwellness@uc.edu] Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:07 PM To: Crouser, Elliott D Subject: NetWellness Question: sarcoidosis80757 94 519 Hello Elliott Crouser, The following NetWellness Ask-an-Expert question in the Sarcoidosis forum has been assigned to you. Title of Question: sarcoidosis Is sarcoidosis consider a respiratory disease? You may answer by: 1. replying to this email or 2. going to your control center at http://www.netwellness.org/expert.htm. For more assistance, you may search your previously answered questions<http://expert.netwellness.org/expert2000/report/expertactivityeveryquestion.cfm?personid=519> or view the NetWellness stock responses<http://expert.netwellness.org/expert2000/expertuser/forum/viewresponses.cfm>. Please contact your OSU coordinator Brenda Clark (bclark@cph.osu.edu) if you experience any problems. Thank you again for participating in NetWellness. http://www.netwellness.org/expert.htm Health Topic: Sarcoidosis

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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