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Diagnosis

The symptoms associated with sarcoidosis are not specific to this disease, as these could be indications of other illnesses as well. This makes it challenging at times to establish a proper diagnosis.

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The manner in which the disease manifests itself differs per patient. It is an auto-immune disease and can affect the entire human body. This is why doctors may not recognize the disease directly, making it difficult to establish a proper diagnosis right.. Sometimes sarcoidosis is found by accident , for example when a chest X-ray of the lungs is made for other reasons. The Erasmus MC's multidisciplinary sarcoidosis-team possesses a wide range of experience and extensive know-how, which may lead to accurate diagnosing and  subsequently start of proper treatment. We consider  it important to discuss options amongst the different experts,  related to the diagnosis and different treatment possibilities. This takes place during our frequent multidisciplinary sarcoidosis meeting.

Diagnostic research
Different medical tests may be needed to diagnose sarcoidosis, also known as the Besnier-Boeck-Schaumann disease. In our expertise center we combine innovatory imaging with tissue biopsy. The combination of our test-results and our experience with the disease provides us with great advantage in diagnosing and managing the disease.

Our diagnostics tests could include:

  • Physical examination
  • imaging, such as X-rays or CT-scans
  • Radio-nuclear imaging, such as SRS-scan, PET-scan or the newest allium-dotatate scan
  • Blood tests (SIL2R), this enables us to test disease activity markers 
  • Urine tests, a high amount of calcium in the urine could indicate sarcoidosis activity.
  • Long function tests
  • Lung lavage
  • Tissue biopsy