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PULMONARY SARCOIDOSIS-MANAGEMENT

1. Overall, 75% of sarcoid patients recover without treatment.

2. It rarely progresses to pulmonary fibrosis or pulmonary hypertension.

3. Corticosteroids have not been proven to induce remissions in sarcoidosis, but decrease symptoms, and improve PFT.

4. Inhaled corticosteroids decrease the respiratory symptoms and may be used instead of systemic corticosteroids if the disease is primarily in the bronchi.

5. Other medications available include hydroxychloroquine (PlaqueniJ®), infliximab (Remicade®), methotrexate, and thalidomide.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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