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IntroductionOde To SarcoidosisSarcoidosis is multisystem inflammatory diseaseIncidence peaks in persons aged 25-35 years of ageInflammation occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, eyes and organs of the bodyForming non-caseating granulomas whichMoreIntroductionOde To SarcoidosisSarcoidosis is multisystem inflammatory diseaseIncidence peaks in persons aged 25-35 years of ageInflammation occurs in the lymph nodes, lungs, eyes and organs of the bodyForming non-caseating granulomas which usually resolve spontaneouslyThings that may trigger the disease include infectionsA person with a family history is likely to develop the conditionGranulomas are clusters of immune cells which affects organs of the bodyIt most commonly affects the lungs with lymph nodes enlargement mainlyThere is chest pain, dry cough and breathlessnessThere is also joint pain, fatigue and general weaknessTo diagnose this condition, a biopsy of the lung is necessary.Biopsy is usually done on the enlarged lymph nodes using bronchoscopyTreatment is usually with corticosteroids therapy.Immunosuppressive medicines may be necessaryThis medicine may need to be taken for 1 to 2 years to improve lung function.Rarely persons with severe heart or lung damage may need an organ transplant.-An original poem by Kenneth KeeInteresting Tips about the SarcoidosisA Healthy Lifestyle1. Take a well Balanced Diet2. Sarcoidosis symptoms will often get better without treatment.If the eyes, heart, nervous system, or lungs are affected, corticosteroid medicine is usually prescribed. This medicine may need to be taken for 1 to 2 years.Medicines that suppress the immune system (immunosuppressive medicines) are sometimes also needed.In rare cases, some persons with very severe heart or lung damage (end-stage disease) may need an organ transplant.Treatment for Sarcoidosis also depends on the stage:a. Stage 0 patients do not need treatmentb. Stage 1 patients should never be treated unless there is lung function impairmentc. Stage 2 patients should be treated if pulmonary function is impaired or chest x rays reveal extensive involvement.Observation of the condition for 3 to 6 months and treat with steroids if condition becomes worsed. Stage 3 patients should be treated if the pulmonary function is affected.Corticosteroids are prescribed more freely in these patientsCorticosteroids will suppress active lesions and are particularly indicated for extra thoracic disease in a dose of 40mg to 60mg prednisolone dosage per day for one year then slowly tapered off.Corticosteroids also reduce the formation of fibrosis in the lungsLocal steroids are required for eye disease but systemic steroids are necessary for posterior uveitis.3. Keep bones and body strongBone marrow produces our bloodEat foods rich in calcium like yogurt, cheese, milk, and dark green vegetables.Eat foods rich in Vitamin D, like eggs, fatty fish, cereal, and fortified milk.Eat food rich in Vitamins B and C such as green vegetables and fruitsZinc and other minerals are important to the body4. Get enough rest and SleepAvoid stress and tension5. Exercise and stay active.It is best to do weight-bearing exercise such as walking, jogging, stair climbing, dancing, or lifting weights for 2½ hours a week.One way to do this is to be active 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week.Begin slowly especially if a person has not been active.6.