Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that affects multiple organs in the body, typically the lungs and lymph glands. The exact cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. But some researchers believe it may be a type of autoimmune disease, involving an abnormal immune response. Several studies suggest that an “infection or exposure to something in the environment can trigger the immune system to overreact,” according to the American Lung Association.
Now, a recent case study from the Netherlands indicates that Borrelia burgdorferi may, in some instances, be one of those infectious agents capable of triggering sarcoidosis.
“This case suggests that an infection with B. burgdorferi, the causal agent of Lyme disease, could act as a trigger for sarcoidosis,
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