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Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis-Always?

10/04/2011

Question:

I had sarcoidosis many years ago and have never had a problem since. Am I still considered to have sarcoidosis? I usually don`t include it on my medical information when I go to the doctor`s. Is it always in your system or does it go away for good? Thank you.

Answer:

Dear Sir/Madam- Sarcoidosis is a disease that greatly varies in severity from one individual to the next. Like you, some patients have self-limited disease and do not require ongoing treatment.

However, others have chronically active disease or disease that periodically reactivates. Occasionally, the disease flares after many years of inactivity. These very different forms of sarcoidosis tend to be lumped together under a single diagnostic heading and the diagnosis is usually carried over in the medical record indefinitely.

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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