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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 135-41

Pulmonary sarcoidosis: management.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, KECK School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA. , USA

Correspondence Address:
O P Sharma
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, KECK School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA 90033, USA.
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During the last two decades many advances have been made in the field of sarcoidosis. The disease is now recognised as a multisystem disorder occurring in patients with a genetic predisposition and an exposure to yet unknown transmissible environmental agent/s. The diagnosis is based on a compatible clinical and/or radiological picture, histological evidence of non-caseating granuloma and exclusion of other diseases capable of producing a similar clinical or histological picture. Treatment primarily consists of administration of corticosteroids, although there are valuable alternative drugs. Treatment should be considered in symptomatic patients with evidence of radiologic or lung function deterioration. The patients with extra-pulmonary involvement particularly with ocular, myocardial, and neuro-sarcoidosis almost always need treatment. For asymptomatic pulmonary sarcoidosis patients no therapy is needed.


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