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April is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

April 1st begins National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.  The lack of awareness about Sarcoidosis was the stimulus to establish the National Sarcoidosis Society.  According the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Health Topic Web page, “Sarcoidosis is a disease that leads to inflammation, usually in [the] lungs, skin, or lymph nodes.”  Furthermore, “No one is sure what causes sarcoidosis.  It affects men and women of all ages and races.  It occurs mostly in people ages 20 to 50, African Americans, especially women, and people of Northern European origin.”

Often sarcoidosis “is found in patients with visible physical signs who have an abnormal chest x-ray.”  An examination is often preceded by physical ailments such as: Chest pain, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, weight loss, among other symptoms.  For a more detailed description of symptoms, prognosis, treatment options and more see the MedlinePlus Sarcoidosis Encyclopedia Web page.  For the latest news, health check tools, interactive tutorials and research sign up for alerts from the sarcoidosis Health Topic page

I invite you to visit the embedded Web links and learn more about this perplexing disease.  Also please visit the National Library of Medicine home page for access to more quality health information resources.

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