Sarcoidosis most commonly affects the lungs, but almost any organ of the body can be affected, including the heart, brain, eyes, liver, skin and other tissues. Because the disease often involves many organs of the body, the Henry Ford Sarcoidosis Multidisciplinary Clinic brings together specialists in pulmonary medicine, neurology, cardiology and ophthalmology to help diagnose and manage your care with multi-system sarcoidosis.
Sarcoidosis may cause a range of symptoms, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Enlarged lymph glands and organs
Sarcoidosis treatment often depends on the severity of the disease:
- Observation: If you have a mild case of sarcoidosis, you may find your symptoms gradually resolve on their own with no medications required.
- Medications: Medications may include corticosteroids, non-steroidal immunosuppressive drugs, as well as investigative medications.
- Corticosteroids: Severely affected sarcoidosis patients may require treatment with corticosteroid medication. Medication therapy may continue for one to two years, although some of the most severely affected patients may require life-long corticosteroid therapy. We provide aggressive therapy for bone health while patients use steroid medication for sarcoidosis due to the increased risk of osteoporosis.
- Non-steroidal Immunosuppressive Drugs: These medications, such as methotrexate, azathioprine and cyclophosphamide, are sometimes used in addition to corticosteroids. These drugs are used as a treatment strategy to help reduce the negative effects of steroid medication.
- Clinical Trial Therapies: Investigative medications for sarcoidosis are available through our participation in National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other sponsored studies.
- Organ Transplant: Though rare, some sarcoidosis patients with irreversible organ failure may require lung or other organ transplantation.
Sarcoidosis Team Specialists
At our Henry Ford Sarcoidosis Multidisciplinary Clinic, we assure that if you are living with multi-system sarcoidosis you will receive the most advanced care and treatment available today. Our team of specialists meet regularly to discuss complex diagnostic cases as well as treatment planning for our patients. Our team includes: