Wiser about Scientific research

Sarcoidosis is a complex disease and a lot is still unknown. The diagnosis can be difficult. To diagnosis a patient with 100% certainty the presence of granulomas must be established in affected tissue. However, to acquire biopsy material might sometimes be associated with high mortality or morbidity. Furthermore, not all patient respond well to treatment. Especially in rare manifestations of sarcoidosis this is not well investigated. To improve our undertanding of the disease and to improve the diagnostic process and outcome we conduct scientific research.

Scientific research

Recent publications

Plasma chitotriosidase and CCL18 as surrogate markers for granulomatous macrophages in sarcoidosis

Boot RG, Hollak CE, Verhoek M, Alberts C, Jonkers RE, Aerts JM The diagnosis of sarcoidosis can be complex and therefore the diagnostic process must be improved. In this article we looked for markers in the blood that can have a role in the diagnosis but also in monitoring the disease activity. More specifically they investigated 'chitotriosidase' en 'CCL18'. These two markers show potential.

An electronic nose discriminates exhaled breath of patients with untreated pulmonary sarcoidosis from controls

Dragonieri S, Brinkman P, Mouw E, Zwinderman AH, Carratú P, Resta O, Sterk PJ, Jonkers RE Because making the diagnosis sarcoidosis can be complex, it is important to improve the diagnostic process. In this article we describe an 'electronic nose' to check heter or not it can potentials identify sarcoidosis patients. They did this by comparing the exhaled air of untreated sarcoidosis patients with healthy controls. They did found that the exhaled air was different.

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Research groups

Vasculitiscentrum AMCNeurosarcoïdose - Neuroinfecties Amsterdam