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The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. Sarcoidosis is currently thought to be associated with an abnormal immune response. It is not known whether the trigger that initiates the immune disturbance is a foreign substance, chemical, drug, virus, or some other substance. Sarcoidosis is not a cancer. It is not contagious, and friends and family will not catch it from an affected individual. Although it can occur in families, there is no evidence that sarcoidosis is passed from parents to children.
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