When diagnosed, one is usually told which of the 4 stages of sarcoidosis that you have. Sarcoidosis is divided into 4 stages of progression from least to most severe.
The above photos show stage I, III and IV. You can see how the progression of the infiltration has grown from the first to the third photo.
Stage I and II Sarcoidosis
Stage I Sarcoidosis is photographed in the above left photo. It is characterized by “BHL” which stands for Bilatera Hilar Adenopathy, which means enlargement or depression of a lymph gland (both sides) where vessels and nerves enter. Stage II also has some other organ involvement, while stage I does not. Between 55-90% of Stage I patients go into remission and between 40-70% of stage II patients do. These stages are the earlier stages and often people are not even diagnosed at this stage, since the symptoms are relatively subtle.
Stage III Sarcoidosis
Stage III Sarcoidosis accounts for about 15% of sarcoid patients. The center photo is of a stage III patient lungs. It is characterized by much organ involvement, greater amounts of granulomas in the lungs but no lymph gland size changes. Between 10-20% of the patients at this stage go into remission
Stage IV Sarcoidosis
The photo at the right is of stage IV Sarcoidosis. This is where there are signs of fibrosis. This means there is scar tissue forming in the sacs inside the lining of the lungs and there is other organ involvement. 5-10% of patients have this stage of sarcoidosis, and the remission rate is 0-5%.
Back to Stage O Sarcoidosis
There is also stage O sarcoidosis, which shows little involvement and between 50-90% of patients with this stage of sarcoidosis go into remission. Between 5-10% of sarcoidosis patients fall into this category, but this is where I want us all to head. Treatment for sarcoidosis only offers symptomatic relief, so moving from stage IV to stage O is something that we patients are not given any professional advice about. My X-rays looked like something between stage III and stage IV, and yet I found my way back to health outside of the doctors office. If you get in touch with me, I will share my basic plan about how to get rid of this disease. I want to help you to begin your own path to healing and move from the 4 stages of sarcoidosis to the O stages of sarcoidosis!