What is sarcoidosis?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Sarcoidosis is a multisystem inflammatory disease of unknown etiology that predominantly affects the lungs and intrathoracic lymph nodes. Sarcoidosis is manifested by the presence of noncaseating granulomas (NCGs) in affected organ tissues. It is characterized by a seemingly exaggerated immune response against a difficult–to-discern antigen. [16]

Related Medscape articles include Acute Complications of Sarcoidosis, Dermatologic Manifestations of Sarcoidosis, and Ophthalmic Manifestations of Sarcoidosis.


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