Pulmonary and Sleep Specialists in Michigan

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis Doctor in Michigan

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis Doctor in Oakland County and Wayne County Michigan

What is Pulmonary Sarcoidosis?

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis is a systemic granulomatous disease characterized by the accumulation of inflammatory cells in various organs, most notably the lungs. Although it can affect multiple body systems, pulmonary involvement is most common and often leads to diagnosis.

How is pulmonary sarcoidosis diagnosed?

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis is typically suspected based on clinical findings, radiologic evidence, and laboratory tests. Chest X-rays are usually the first diagnostic tool used to identify characteristic bilateral hilar or perihilar opacities. However, a definitive diagnosis requires histopathological confirmation via bronchoscopy with transbronchial lung biopsy (TBLB).

Dr. Asker Asmi, MD is a certified pulmonologist, and sleep disorders doctor in Michigan

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Dr. Asmi is a Pulmonologist and sleep specialist based in Michigan that specializes in advanced COPD. He follows a multidisciplinary treatment plan that includes nutrition, medicine, lifestyle changes, damage prevention and active treatment with close follow up. Doctor Asmi’s expertise include Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Asmi is also affiliated with Beaumont Hospital and runs a private practice in Riverview, MI.

What are the symptoms for pulmonary sarcoidosis?

Symptoms of Pulmonary Sarcoidosis vary from person to person and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, and weight loss. Some patients may experience joint pain, eye involvement (uveitis), or skin lesions (lupus pernio).

What causes pulmonary sarcoidosis?

The exact cause of Pulmonary Sarcoidosis remains unknown. However, evidence suggests that a combination of genetic susceptibility, environmental exposure to certain antigens (e.g., fungi, chemicals), and immunologic dysregulation contribute to the disease's development.

What are the treatments for pulmonary sarcoidosis?

Although there is no cure for Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, various treatments can help alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. Corticosteroids are the most common treatment used to reduce inflammation and improve lung function. Other medications, such as immunosuppressants or anti-inflammatory agents, may be prescribed for severe cases or when corticosteroids are ineffective or contraindicated.

Is there a way to prevent pulmonary sarcoidosis?

Currently, there is no definitive way to prevent Pulmonary Sarcoidosis. However, avoiding known environmental triggers and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (e.g., regular exercise, balanced diet) may help reduce the risk of developing the condition or worsening existing symptoms.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Is Pulmonary Sarcoidosis contagious?

No, Pulmonary Sarcoidosis is not contagious.

How long does it take for Pulmonary Sarcoidosis to go away?

The course of the disease varies from person to person. Some individuals may experience a complete resolution of symptoms within months or years, while others may have chronic symptoms that require ongoing treatment.

Can Pulmonary Sarcoidosis be fatal?

In some cases, severe Pulmonary Sarcoidosis can lead to respiratory failure and death. However, the majority of patients with Pulmonary Sarcoidosis recover completely or experience only mild symptoms.