Sarcoidosis Essay

992 Words Oct 16th, 2012 4 Pages
Running head: Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis
Trina Pettus
University of Phoenix

Abstract
Sarcoidosis was discovered by two dermatologists working in England and Norway. It was originally called Hutchinsons disease or Boecks disease. Sarcoidosis is the most misdiagnosed illness and is the least understood. It can occur in anybody organ, but mostly found in the lungs or lymph nodes. This disease can appear suddenly and disappear just as fast. It can also develop gradually and produce symptoms that come and go. No one yet, since it was first discovered over 100 years ago, knows what causes sarcoidosis.

Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis is a common disease, but there are many unanswered questions about it. Identifying what causes the
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Culture and Population Sarcoidosis is now very common and affects people around the world. It can affect people of any age, race and gender. It is most common in adults ages 20-40 and in certain ethnic groups. The most affect group in the United States is African Americans and especially women of that race. People of Asian, German, Irish, Puerto Rican and Scandinavian origin can also be victim to sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is more likely to affect certain organs in certain populations. For example, sarcoidosis of the heart and eyes appear to be most common in Japan. People from Northern Europe, most often, have painful skin lumps on the legs.
Treatment
Sarcoidosis symptoms will often get better on their own slowly without treatment. But in those cases that do need treatment, it is treated aggressively. Sarcoidosis cannot be cured, so the treatments are just to control symptoms or improve the function of the affected organ. There are several medications used to treat sarcoidosis. Some of these are anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-rejection drugs or anti-malarial drugs (Table 2). These drugs can be used one at a time or together depending on the severity of the disease. Organ transplant may be considered if the disease has severely damaged the lungs or the liver.
Prevention
With the cause of sarcoidosis unknown, belief of infections and exposure to chemicals may bring on the disease.
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