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Sarcoidosis

Treatment

08/25/2009

Question:

How early should treatment for sarcoidosis begin?

Answer:

Sarcoidosis treatment is initiated for progressive disease involving vital organs (lungs, heart, eyes, etc.) or for disease manifestations (e.g., disfiguring facial skin disease) that are difficult to tolerate.
 
Many patients require no treatment. Thus, there is no simple answer to your question, and each person needs to be evaluated independently to determine the need for treatment and the best type of treatment. 

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Response by:

Elliott D Crouser, MD Elliott D Crouser, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University