Alternative names are Sarcoid, Besnier-Boeck disease or Besnier-Boeck-Schaumann disease.
Abnormal lumps or nodules (granulomas) form in one or more organs of the body and they can change the function
of the affected organ. Sarcoidosis is understood to be an autoimmune disease where the body's normal
response system becomes confused, the immune cells group together into granulomas instead of taking on their
normal role in fighting infection. Granulomas most often appear in the lungs or the lymph nodes but other
organs can be affected.
Sarcoidosis can cause sudden onset facial paralysis although patients often recover over a period of time.
Heerfordt's syndrome is a rare manifestation of Sarcoidosis, symptoms include inflammation of the eye, swelling
of the parotid gland, chronic fever, and in some cases, facial nerve palsy.
Sarcoidosis Network Foundation
The Sarcoidosis Charity
Sarcoidosis on Wikipedia
Heerfordt's syndrome on Wikipedia
Heerfordt syndrome with unilateral facial nerve palsy: a
rare presentation of sarcoidosis
Heerfordt's Syndrome on Patient.co.uk