It is not well known that Sarcoidosis of the Liver, or ‘hepatic sarcoidosis’, affects the majority of patients with sarcoidosis. In fact, up to 70% show signs of sarcoidosis in their liver. The good news is that most of these patients rarely or never show symptoms in their liver. These patients are known as asymptomatic and do not require treatment.
SarcoidosisUK advise that patients newly diagnosed with sarcoidosis should ask their GP or consultant to check for any signs of liver sarcoidosis.
Symptoms occur in about 20% of patients affected by liver sarcoidosis.
What to look out for:
- Abdominal pain
- Itchy skin
- Weight loss
- Hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver – affects up to 20% of patients)
- Jaundice (yellow skin – affects less than 5% patients)
Click here to read more about Sarcoidosis and the Liver, including Diagnosis and Treatment options.
Rare complications of liver sarcoidosis include Chronic cholestasis, Portal hypertension and Cirrhosis. Click here for more info.