Donate to Sarcoidosis Research, Patient Care and Education

Sarcoidosis is a disease that causes inflammation of the organs. This disease most commonly affects the lungs and lymph nodes, but also can spread throughout the body to other organs, including the heart and brain. Medical professionals believe that sarcoidosis results from an immune reaction caused by exposure to an irritating agent such as bacteria, viruses or chemicals. In more severe cases, sarcoidosis can lead to organ failure. Fortunately, two-thirds of people with sarcoidosis go into remission within 3-10 years after a diagnosis is made.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of sarcoidosis research and care at Nortwhestern Medicine, you will help scientists and physicians to continue to study the complexities of sarcoidosis and to make strides toward developing new and more effective therapies.

Though the exact cause of sarcoidosis is still unknown, there are several factors that increase a person’s risk of developing this disease, including:

  • Gender: Sarcoidosis is more prevalent in women.
  • Age: Onset of sarcoidosis usually occurs between the ages of 20-40.
  • Race: African-Americans are at higher risk and experience more severe symptoms.
  • Family history: Chances are greater of getting the sarcoidosis if another family member has been diagnosed.

Although there is no cure for sarcoidosis, scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine are optimistic that continued clinical research will lead to significant breakthroughs. This essential work will be further advanced by donations to Northwestern Memorial Foundation from generous supporters like you.

Members of Northwestern Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services, and deliver individualized, compassionate care to every patient. Until a cure is found, people with sarcoidosis have several different treatment options to ease symptoms and avoid future complications. 

Current treatments available to people affected by sarcoidosis include:

  • Watchful waiting: Many times the symptoms of sarcoidosis go away on their own. Regular check-ups with eye exams, skin exams, x rays and imaging of organs are recommended to ensure that symptoms are not returning.
  • Medication: Medications, such as corticosteroids, immunosuppressants,  hydroxychloroquine and TNF-alpha inhibitors, are prescribed in more severe cases.
  • Supplemental oxygen
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Lung transplant: Severe scarring and damage to the lungs may require a transplant.

Sarcoidosis Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will provide crucial support to physicians and scientists at Northwestern Medicine as they strive to better understand and treat sarcoidosis. With the help of your generous contribution, these dedicated investigators and care providers will make strides toward finding a cure for sarcoidosis. 

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