Airborne Pollutants May Trigger Sarcoidosis, Study Suggests
The prevalence of sarcoidosis may be associated with the presence of high levels of certain chemical elements in the environment, a new study suggests. More studies are warranted to confirm the possible link to pollution.
The study was published in the journal PLoS One in an article titled “Sarcoidosis in an Italian province – Prevalence and environmental risk factors.”
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that may be triggered by certain environmental factors, such as gas emissions, pollution, heavy metals, and fumes.
“The detection of airborne pollutants, or atmospheric monitoring, is one of the most difficult tasks in the field of environmental protection and human health,” the researchers wrote. “Despite stringent regulations to limit the concentration of the pollutants in soil, the amount of substances emitted into the atmosphere is still generally very high. Consequently, the air quality may be severely impaired in some areas.”