Immune & Lymphatic System Disorders
- Q Can sarcoidosis be fatal?
If sarcoidosis causes certain organs and systems to fail, the results can be fatal. These complications are usually associated with the heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. The mortality rate in people diagnosed with sarcoidosis is somewhere... Full Answer
- Q How common is sarcoidosis?
Sarcoidosis is believed to affect between .01 and .04 per cent of the United States population. Throughout the world, sarcoidosis is more common in countries with substantial populations of African, Asian, and northern European descent. In Sweden,... Full Answer
- Q Can sarcoidosis be prevented?
Research is ongoing as to the causes of sarcoidosis. However, until the factors that trigger the condition are better known, there is no way of knowing how to prevent it. It is currently believed that sarcoidosis is caused either by a disorder of the... Full Answer
- Q How is sarcoidosis diagnosed?
Because the symptoms of sarcoidosis can be so varied and nonspecific, making a positive diagnosis is not always easy. Most people with sarcoidosis are asymptomatic, and close to half of all diagnoses are made through unrelated chest x-rays. In people who... Full Answer
- Q Is mixed connective tissue disease serious?
Mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) can range from mild cases with only occasional flare ups, to more severe cases in which daily medication and regular monitoring are necessary. The most serious complications of MCTD include high blood pressure that... Full Answer