We are seeing more 9/11 first responders and survivors developing sarcoidosis from dust inhalation and toxic chemical exposure in lower Manhattan following the months after 9/11. Turley Hansen has represented many sarcoidosis clients before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Sarcoidosis is the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells (granulomas) in different parts of your body — most commonly the lungs, lymph nodes, eyes and skin. Doctors believe sarcoidosis results from the body’s immune system responding to an unknown substance, most likely something inhaled from the air as in the days after 9/11.
In some cases the sarcoidosis goes away on its own, but in other cases, it may last for years and cause organ damage. Either way there is no sarcoidosis cure as of now.
Sarcoidosis symptoms vary depending on which organs are affected. Sarcoidosis sometimes develops gradually and produces symptoms that last for years. Other times, symptoms appear suddenly and then disappear just as quickly. Many people with sarcoidosis have no symptoms, so the disease may be discovered only when you have a chest X-ray for another reason.
General sarcoidosis symptoms include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Weight loss
Research studies accepted by the federal government show that sarcoidosis can be caused by exposure to dust, fumes and other toxic contaminants in lower Manhattan in the months after 9/11.
Should you have questions about medical care or an a medical award for sarcoidosis from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-353-4907.