Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of WTC-Associated Sarcoidosis

Project Number
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Fiscal Year Awarded
Project Duration
1 year


Sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease of unknown cause that can affect almost any organ, has been noted in unexpectedly large numbers of World Trade Center (WTC)-exposed persons, including 76 FDNY firefighters. This project is a detailed re-examination of this group, to define their clinical patterns and genetic markers and compare them with those of previously reported non-WTC-exposed sarcoidosis patients. We will also assess genetic differences with similarly WTC-exposed firefighters who did not develop sarcoidosis. The results should help to determine the extent and severity of sarcoidosis triggered by a unique occupational exposure.


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Principal Investigator: Simon Spivack, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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