Sarcoidosis Symptoms

Many people who have sarcoidosis have no symptoms or mild

Sarcoidosis Symptoms

then there are others that have severe problems. Often the disease is discovered in a chest x-ray that has been done for another reason (for example, to diagnosis pneumonia ).

Signs and sarcoidosis symptoms vary depending on what organs are affected. They also vary with sex, age and ethnic background of the person. (For more information see Who’s at Risk of Sarcoidosis?)

Common signs and sarcoidosis symptoms

The organs most often affected are the lungs in both adults and children. If form granulomas (inflamed mass) in the lungs, there may be wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe), coughing, shortness of breath or chest pain. It is also possible that there are no symptoms.

Some people with sarcoidosis may feel very tired, anxious or depressed. Night sweats and weight loss are common symptoms of the disease.

The signs and symptoms in children are fatigue, poor appetite, weight loss, pain in bones and joints, and anemia . Children under 4 years may have an unmistakable shape of sarcoidosis. The disease can cause enlargement of lymph nodes in the chest (which can be seen on a chest x-ray), skin lesions and swelling or redness. The condition is more common in adults.

Other signs and sarcoidosis symptoms

Sarcoidosis can affect the lymph nodes.  They can be enlarged and painful.  The most affected are the lymph nodes in the neck and chest, but may also be affected that are under the chin, armpits or groin.

Sarcoidosis can cause masses, ulcers or patches on the skin. These lesions may itch, but do not hurt. These signs usually appear on the back, arms, legs and scalp. Sometimes they appear near the nose or eyes. They usually last a long time.

Sarcoidosis can cause more severe disease of the skin called cutaneous sarcoidosis (lupus hinge). It is characterized by disfiguring skin sores that can affect the nose, nasal passages, cheeks, ears, eyelids, and fingers.  These wounds tend to be constant and can recur after treatment ends.

Sarcoidosis also causes eye problems. If you have sarcoidosis, it is important to have an annual eye exam. If you have vision changes and cannot see as clearly or cannot see colors, call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency department of a hospital.

Call your doctor if you have new eye symptoms such as burning, itching, tearing, pain or sensitivity to light.

Sarcoidosis symptoms can include an enlarged liver, spleen or salivary glands.

One of the more serious sarcoidosis symptoms of sarcoidosis is that it can also affect the heart and brain, although this is less common. In this case it may have various symptoms such as irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, headaches and vision problems. If sarcoidosis affects the heart or brain may present serious complications.