Sarcoidosis Diagnosis – All You Need to Know and Some Exciting News

Sarcoidosis diagnosis is not a simple matter, since the disease can mimic other conditions. In this article we will look into how is sarcoidosis diagnosed and the different tests used in the process.

Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body of sarcoid sufferer is somehow ‘convinced’ that it is sick and it needs to react. It then activates the immune system and puts it in ‘combat formation’ to fight a non-existent enemy. The immune system gets its signals crossed and identifies non-threatening substances in our body as destructive agents.

Sarcoidosis diagnosis is based on two things:

  1. Eliminating other disorders that mimic the condition
  2. Finding histological evidence of noncaseating granulomas More details please

Tests used for sarcoidosis diagnosis:

Chest X-ray is very commonly used. This is due to the fact that in 90% of sarcoid patients there is some kind of lung involvement. The X-ray cannot beam through the granulomas or enlarged lymph glands and, if present, they will be evident in the X-ray examination.

There is a staging system in place to classify the results of your X-ray, stage 1 being clear lungs and stage 4 being lungs with scar tissue.

  • Blood Tests in sarcoidosis diagnosis are aimed at evaluating the types of blood cells in the body and measure the levels of specific proteins which are known to be involved in the immunological activities.
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy is another commonly used test in sarcoidosis diagnosis. Here, a long narrow tube with the light at the end is inserted into the lung and the doctor looks at the tissue lining in the lungs.
  • Other tests include: Biopsy of the lungs, Pulmonary function test (to monitor the disease), Bronchoalveolar Lavage (washing out cells from the lungs and examining them), CT scan ( similar to X-ray only gives a more detailed picture), Magnetic Resonance, heart tests and eye tests.

Sarcoidosis diagnosis process alone can indicate the modern medicine knows little about the disease itself and has been on a standstill for some time now. On the other hand, there has been some exciting news for sarcoid patients in the field of alternative treatment. Aden protocol is a holistic treatment protocol that is reported to have had amazing success in treating all stages of sarcoidosis.

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