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Sarcoidosis and Saddle Nose Deformity

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Sarcoidosis is one of many autoimmune diseases in which the body responds to a substance, often unknown, and begins to attack healthy tissues. Development of saddle nose because of sarcoidosis is not very common, but it does happen on rare occasions.

Symptoms of Sarcoidosis

There are various symptoms associated with this disease. The manifestation of symptoms depends on the organs in the body that are affected by the disease. In general, signs of the disease often begin with the same symptoms of myriad other conditions:

  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling in the ankles and other joints
  • Joint pain

Other symptoms may show up in the lungs, on the skin, in the eyes and heart.

Risk Factors

This condition can affect anyone, but people between the ages of 20 and 60 seem most susceptible. Race is another factor, with people of African descent and Northern European descent having a higher incidence than other races. Sarcoidosis often affects other organs along with the lungs of African American patients. This condition also seems to follow family lines. Women are somewhat more likely than men to develop the disease.

Complications Associated with Sarcoidosis

Although there are cases where the disease will go away on its own, it may also last for years. Many people do well with minimal or no treatment while others may experience organ damage.

A small number of patients with sarcoidosis will have involvement of the nasal mucosa and develop saddle nose as a result of the disease. Nasal crusting and congestion are symptoms of the disease attacking the nose. In some situations, the saddle nose caused sarcoidosis may be confused with that caused by relapsing polychondritis. Both share similar clinical features.

Other complications can affect various parts of the body: lungs, which can lead to pulmonary fibrosis, or scarring of lung tissue. Inflammation of the disease can affect the eye and cause damage to the retina. Kidney stones can develop, reducing kidney function. The heart rhythm and function can be disrupted by granulomas in the heart. If facial nerves become inflamed, facial paralysis can develop.

Even though it is rare that sarcoidosis affects the nose, it is still important to have symptoms checked by a qualified doctor so the underlying condition can be identified and treated. Dr. Maurice Khosh specializes in nose reconstruction and rhinoplasty for patients with saddle nose deformities. If you have a nasal bridge collapse caused by sarcoidosis or some other condition, contact Dr. Khosh for a consultation appointment and learn of your options for restoring the shape and function of your nose.

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 55 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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