Author Archives: Magdalena Kegel

Variants in Osteopontin Gene Linked to Specific Sarcoidosis Features

While the protein osteopontin is elevated in the blood of people with sarcoidosis, the increased levels are not determined by known genetic factors, according to a recent study. Nevertheless, several DNA variants in the osteopontin gene were linked to specific disease characteristics, such as lung tissue involvement, fever, or significant weight…

Acne-Causing Bacteria May Be the Villain in Sarcoidosis

A screening of bacterial species found in the lymph nodes of people with sarcoidosis confirms that bacteria, known to cause acne, likely are involved in the development of the condition. Researchers reported that the bacterium, known as Propionibacterium acnes, was found in patients with sarcoidosis, but not in those with…

Rare Sarcoidosis Case Could Offer Insight on Disease’s Cause

A very unusual case in which a woman simultaneously developed pulmonary sarcoidosis and the rare skin disease pemphigus herpetiformis could provide some insight on what causes sarcoidosis, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. The study, “Concomitant pemphigus herpetiformis and sarcoidosis,” was published in the journal JAAD…