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Sarcoidosis

So many different answers

04/21/2009

Question:

How come when you talk to one doctor about Sarcoidosis they act like it`s not really a big deal yet the next one you talk to says it can be fatal? I have been to Mayo and have also seen doctors in my city and am more confused than ever. Thanks

Answer:

The reason for this confusion relates to the fact that many cases of sarcodoisis are very mild and require little or no treatment. However, there are some cases of sarcoidosis that are very severe and can be difficult to treat effectively. The more severe cases of sarcoidosis tend to be referred to specialty clinics, such as the Mayo Clinic. Thus, you might get a different perspective depending on the type of sarcoidosis patient being seen by the doctor.

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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