Who gets sarcoidosis?

Anyone can get sarcoidosis. It’s more common in certain groups:

  • People between 20 - 40 years of age
  • Women
  • African-Americans and people with an African background
  • Northern Europeans and people with a Northern European background

People who work in certain jobs are more likely to get sarcoidosis:

  • Ship servicemen (in the navy)
  • Metal workers
  • Suppliers of building materials, hardware, and gardening materials
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

Children can get sarcoidosis, but it’s rare.


Michael C. Iannuzzi, M.D., Benjamin A. Rybicki, Ph.D., and Alvin S. Teirstein, M.D. N Engl J Med 2007; 357:2153-2165

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