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What are the treatments for sarcoidosis?

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Many people with sarcoidosis have mild symptoms and don’t need treatment. Often, the disease gets better on its own. But for someone with worse symptoms, corticosteroid drugs, such as prednisone, or other immunosuppressive medications, are recommended.

The main goals of treatment are to keep the patient comfortable by easing symptoms and to keep any affected organs working well.

There’s no treatment to reverse the pulmonary fibrosis (scarring in the lungs) that may come with severe sarcoidosis.

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National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

Norman T. Soskel, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Memphis, Tenn. 

American Lung Association.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

Norman T. Soskel, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Memphis, Tenn. 

American Lung Association.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 31, 2019

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