There is significant evidence to suggest that people with close family members affected by sarcoidosis are at an increased risk of developing the condition themselves. But this link varies from population to population, and it is far from certain that a person with sarcoidosis will pass the condition onto their children. Sarcoidosis most likely arises out of a combination of environmental and genetic factors, and not enough is yet known about the causes to determine a person's risk of inheriting sarcoidosis.
- Q What environmental factors increase a person's risk of sarcoidosis?
- Q How common is sarcoidosis?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with sarcoidosis?
- Q Is sarcoidosis contagious?
- Q Does sarcoidosis affect children differently than adults?
- Q Why is a lung biopsy needed to confirm sarcoidosis?