How is sarcoidosis treated in restrictive lung disease?

Updated: Sep 16, 2020
  • Author: Jonathan Robert Caronia, DO; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Because the disease remits spontaneously, patients with respiratory symptoms and radiographic or pulmonary function evidence of extensive disease may benefit from corticosteroids. Patients with hypercalcemia or extrapulmonary involvement generally require treatment. Therapy should be continued for 6 months or longer; however, even after prolonged treatment, up to 50% of patients relapse after therapy is discontinued.

For patients who do not respond to corticosteroids, alternate therapies (eg, chloroquine, methotrexate, azathioprine) may be used; however, data are limited.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!