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When a disease state has a variety of common and often unrelated symptoms, it is often difficult for a clinician to diagnose. Have a rash? See a dermatologist. Have wheezing and shortness of breath? See a pulmonologist. Vision is blurry and your eyes are constantly dry? See an ophthalmologist. But what if all these symptoms are related?

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease which causes the immune system to go into overdrive, causing cells to group together into clumps called granulomas. While more than 90 percent of cases affect the lungs and lymph nodes, sarcoidosis can affect any organ and interfere with the organ’s function.

Just like the symptoms vary for each patient, so does the outlook for each patient’s long-term health. For some patients, sarcoidosis goes away on its own in one to three years. Some patients experience periods where symptoms flare up and periods when symptoms abate. Some patients live with sarcoidosis throughout their lives.

The CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research have teamed up to launch Sarcoidosis: Seek Answers. Inspire Results. — a campaign that encourages people living with sarcoidosis to take a proactive role in their treatment plan.

Each sarcoidosis case is unique, therefore it’s important for patients and caregivers to ask questions and follow a tailored treatment plan. View the resources from CHEST Foundation and Foundation of Sarcoidosis Research and share with your patients today.