Knowledgebase: Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis - What is it and what causes it?
Posted by Anna Jones on 17 February 2014 02:46 PM

What Is Sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis occurs when inflammatory cells overgrow throughout the body, most often in the lymph nodes, lungs, eyes, and skin.

What Causes Sarcoidosis?

When the immune system fights off infection, it releases white blood cells to isolate and eradicate germs. This process creates inflammation, marked by redness and swelling, in surrounding tissue.

The inflammation reacts to any foreign substance in the blood and will calm down again after the infection clears.

Medical professionals believe that sarcoidosis occurs when the immune system is in overdrive, causing the body to attack its own healthy tissue and organs.

This results in inflammation and the development of granulomas on the organs.

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