9/11 Sarcoidosis in World Trade Center Survivors
Exposure from the debris in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks led to a number of diseases in 9/11 survivors. In response, the World Trade Center Health Program and Victim Compensation Fund were created to help survivors in their recovery. If you or someone you love suffer from sarcoidosis from exposure from 9/11, contact the 9/11 sarcoidosis lawyers at Pitta & Baione LLP to discuss your eligibility for benefits.
Sarcoidosis is a rare disease where inflamed cells gather, causing bodily damage and pain. Often, the affected areas are lungs, and lymph nodes, but the damage can be in other parts of the body as well. While there is not a definitive cause of sarcoidosis, it is believed that the inflammation is an immune system response to exposure to chemicals, dust, and other agents, such as those that 9/11 survivors were exposed to during and after the attack.
Symptoms and Diagnosis of Sarcoidosis
Symptoms of sarcoidosis will vary depending on the parts of the body affected. General symptoms include swelling, fatigue, and pain. However, when inflammation accumulates it can cause organ failure. Often, this organ failure impacts a person’s vision and lung function, which leads to poor eyesight, difficulty breathing, and regular coughing and wheezing. The skin often experiences a range of rashes, swelling, lesions, and discoloration.
Cardiac sarcoidosis is a specific type of sarcoidosis affecting the heart. These symptoms are cause for concern due to the seriousness of diseases affecting the heart. Symptoms include chest pain, fainting, shortness of breath, fatigue, and abnormal heartbeat, heart palpitations, and swelling around the heart.
Diagnosing sarcoidosis can be difficult because inflammation and swelling can be caused by a number of conditions. As sarcoidosis affects various body systems and organs, the symptoms may present as another disease. Diagnostic testing and imaging help doctors make a diagnosis.
Treatment for 9/11 Sarcoidosis
There is not a cure for sarcoidosis but treatment is available. The most common treatment for sarcoidosis is medication to treat the symptoms suffered as a result of this disease. Anti-inflammatory medications, drugs that suppress the immune system, and medication to treat skin conditions are common. Other symptom-specific treatments may include physical therapy, rehabilitation to help maintain strong respiratory function, or the use of medical devices such as pacemakers to treat cardiac issues.
Contact a September 11th Sarcoidosis Claim Lawyer to Discuss Your Eligibility for Benefits
You do not have to face the uncertainty of sarcoidosis alone. If you or a loved one suffer from sarcoidosis related to exposure from September 11th, contact a 9/11 sarcoidosis attorney at Pitta & Baione by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-982-2667.
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