APRN: Sarcoidosis: A Granular View
Sarcoidosis is a systemic disease that causes inflammation of body tissues and systems, leading to the deposition of abnormal epithelioid cells that form noncaseating granulomas. Ongoing research has improved clinical assessment, immunological, and genetic-testing methods, but the exact mechanism of how the different factors work together to cause the disease is still not understood. It affects women more than men, and in some cases may be caused by genetic influences or racial makeup. Sarcoidosis may be isolated to a particular organ system, or it may affect multiple organ systems. It is not considered a communicable disease. Often, the disease is asymptomatic and self-limiting, and can be difficult to diagnose initially. In severe cases, it can be life-threatening with progression to organ failure.
APRN are in a position to play an important role in the diagnosis of sarcoidosis. The NP integrates detailed history, physical exam, and diagnostic testing into determining the treatment plan. Complete medical history of the patient and family may provide significant clues. Patient anxiety may be increased by a lack of understanding the disease. Assessing educational needs and using appropriate materials will help the patient understand the disease process, treatment, and psychosocial concerns.
Purpose/Goal: To familiarize the APRN with the diagnosis and treatment for sarcoidosis.
1. Discuss the occurrence and pathophysiology of sarcoidosis.
2. Describe the diagnosis, interventions, and goals of treatment for sarcoidosis.
Laura LaRue, MSN, FNP-BC
The planners and author(s) of this continuing nursing education activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.
Contact Hours: 2.1
Expiration Date: 12/31/2014
Member Price: $40.00
Non-Member Price: $60.00