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Monday, March 10, 2014
Sarcoidosis in the Stomach
Have you ever heard of having sarcoidosis in the stomach? Because i have just been diagnosed with it.
Dear Sir/Madam- The stomach or bowels are affected in less than 1% of sarcoidosis patients. The presentation of stomach (gastric) involvement can be similar to a gastric ulcer, with discomfort, nausea, vomiting and, in some cases, bleeding.
Gastric sarcoidosis is usually diagnosed by endoscopy with a biopsy of the affected tissue. The treatment includes the typical treatments for inflammation of the stomach (strong antacids) and suppression of the immune response.
It is important to consider other causes (infections, Crohn's disease) that could look very similar to sarcoidosis.
Elliott D Crouser, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University