Sarcoidosis is a disease of unknown cause that most frequently affects the lungs but also involves the skin, eyes and joints. The typical hallmark of the disease is a "granuloma," or a type/pattern of inflammation on a tissue biopsy. Interestingly, the disease occurs more commonly in African Americans, women and young adults and may run in families.
Specialists of Jefferson's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine have a long tradition of excellence in sarcoidosis. We deliver comprehensive endoscopic, imaging and physiologic testing procedures for pulmonary sarcoidosis, including chest X-rays, pulmonary function tests, blood tests and bronchoscopic biopsies. We use a variety of novel antiinflammatory therapies for this disease.
The Division has special programs in asthma, emphysema and interstitial lung disease and enjoys a national reputation in asthma research and in the management of difficult asthmatic conditions.