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Can Sarcoidosis Cause psychosis In The Brain?

11/10/2008

Question:

When sarcoidosis goes to the brain can it cause some kind of psychosis?

Answer:

While it is often difficult to prove that sarcoidosis is linked to psychosis, strong circumstantial evidence does exist. For instance, there are at least 20 reported cases of psychosis that are believed to be caused by sarcoidosis. In many cases, the psychosis improved after the administration of effective treatment for the sarcoidosis. Careful evaluation by an experienced team of physicians is recommended in suspected cases of psychosis caused by sarcoidosis.

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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