Sarcoidosis

Causes

Doctors don’t know for sure what causes sarcoidosis. They think that sarcoidosis may be caused by a combination of genetics (family history) and environmental factors (things around you).  Doctors do know that being near certain things may boost your risk of getting sarcoidosis:

  • Wood-burning stoves
  • Silica (a mineral)
  • Insecticides
  • Mould
  • Certain bacteria in your lungs
References: 

Michael C. Iannuzzi, M.D., Benjamin A. Rybicki, Ph.D., and Alvin S. Teirstein, M.D. N Engl J Med 2007; 357:2153-2165 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra071714

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