Sarcoidosis | Symptoms & Causes

What causes sarcoidosis?

The exact cause of sarcoidosis is not known.

  • As with many inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, it often seems to be triggered by a bacterial or viral infection.
  • In some cases, sarcoidosis is considered an autoimmune disorder. This means that your child's immune system begins to attack her body's healthy tissues.
  • Although sarcoidosis is not a contagious disease, in some cases it tends to occur within families.

What are the symptoms of sarcoidosis?

Signs of sarcoidosis may vary. Your child may have mild or no symptoms, or she may experience:

  • red patches on the skin
  • dry cough, difficulty breathing or other lung problems
  • problems with vision
  • abdominal pain
  • joint pain, swelling and inflammation
  • muscle soreness
  • fever
  • fatigue
  • weight loss

Symptoms of sarcoidosis may resemble other medical conditions or problems. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.