Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disorder that can affect people worldwide. The disease can affect people of any age, race and gender. However, it is most common among adults between the ages of 20 and 40 and in certain ethnic groups.
- Sarcoidosis is characterized by the abnormal formation of inflammatory masses or nodules (granulomas) consisting of granular white blood cells
- The granulomas that are formed are thought to alter the normal structure of and, potentially, the normal functions of, the affected organ(s)
- Such granuloma formation most commonly affects the lungs. However all organs (inc. skin, eyes, heart, CNS, etc.) may be involved