Author Archives: Patricia Inacio PhD

Common Skin Bacteria May Trigger Granuloma Formation in Sarcoidosis, Study Suggests

Infection from the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes is found frequently and at high rates in the lymph nodes of sarcoidosis patients and may contribute to the formation of granulomas, a small study suggests. These results also provide another piece of evidence linking P. acnes bacteria to sarcoidosis. The study, “Propionibacterium acnes-derived insoluble immune…

First Total-body PET Scanner Promises to Increase Sensitivity of Diagnosis and Treatment of Sarcoidosis, Other Diseases

Researchers are developing a new positron emission tomography (PET) scanner capable of imaging the whole body that promises to significantly increase imaging sensitivity, advancing the technology for how diseases such as sarcoidosis are diagnosed and treated. “It will offer the ability to detect throughout the whole body the location of…

Male Sarcoidosis Patients, Those on Immunosuppressive Agents Face Higher Risk for Severe Infections

Male sarcoidosis patients and those who use immunosuppressive agents — particularly Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) — are more likely to get severe infections than women with the disease and those who don’t take such medications, a French study suggests. The study “Severe infections in sarcoidosis: Incidence, predictors and long-term outcome in a cohort of…

Small Fiber Neuropathy Symptoms Eased by IVIG Therapy and Infliximab, Study Reports

Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) therapy, alone or combined with infliximab, may significantly ease symptoms of sarcoidosis-associated small fiber neuropathy (SSFN), according to a retrospective analysis study. The report, “Sarcoidosis-associated small fiber neuropathy in a large cohort: Clinical aspects and response to IVIG and anti-TNF alpha treatment” was published…