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- What is sarcoidosis?
- What are causes and risk factors of sarcoidosis?
- What are signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis?
- Who gets sarcoidosis?
- What do we know about sarcoidosis? Is sarcoidosis contagious or hereditary?
- What are some things we don't know about sarcoidosis?
- What types of doctors treat sarcoidosis?
- What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose sarcoidosis?
- What do laboratory tests for sarcoidosis show?
- What is the treatment for sarcoidosis?
- What is the prognosis of sarcoidosis?
- Is it possible to prevent sarcoidosis?
- Where can a person find more information on sarcoidosis?
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What types of doctors treat sarcoidosis?
Because sarcoidosis can involve inflammation in a variety of organs of the body, many types of doctors can be involved in the treatment of patients with sarcoidosis. Patients with sarcoidosis are best treated by a lung specialist or a doctor who has a special interest in sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis specialists are usually located at major research centers.
Doctors who treat sarcoidosis include primary-care providers as well as internists, pulmonologists, cardiologists, rheumatologists, dermatologists, and neurologists.
What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose sarcoidosis?
Preliminary diagnosis of sarcoidosis is based on the patient's medical history, routine tests, a physical examination, and a chest X-ray.
The doctor confirms the diagnosis of sarcoidosis by eliminating other diseases with similar features. These include such granulomatous diseases as berylliosis (a disease resulting from exposure to beryllium metal), tuberculosis, farmer's lung disease (hypersensitivity pneumonitis), fungal infections, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, and cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma).