Sarcoidosis is a debilitating disease often called a “medical mystery” in which cells in the immune system that cause inflammation cluster together to form tiny lumps called granulomas. If too many granulomas form in a single organ, that can cause the organ to malfunction or even fail. These granulomas can form in the eyes, liver, skin, brain, and the lungs. Sarcoidosis is often more severe and prevalent in African Americans, but certainly, men and women of all races and ethnicities can be affected.
Sarcoidosis has both genetic and environmental risk factors that work in concert to influence disease onset and progression. We aim to identify these risk factors so that in the near future improved diagnosis, treatment and even disease prevention become a reality.
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