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Question (01/27/2011):

Hi, I had sarcoidosis for 10-15 years.

I had skin lesions, pulmonary scarring, and abdominal lymphadenopathy.

On one occasion, I had surface vasculitis of the tops of my feet, apparently from sun exposure, as we were vacationing at the beach.

My pulmonologist says that my lung x-rays show complete resolution except for the scarring.

I forgot to ask if I should still be getting eye checkups and watching for other complications, or if I can consider this disease and its possible complications to be completely in the past.

Thank you!

Suzee

Answer:

Dear Suzee,

You should still be getting eye checkups and watching for other complications.

Sarcoidosis can cause cataracts and glaucoma. However, this is rare.

The outcome of sarcoidosis varies. Many people recover from the disease with few or no long-term problems.

More than half of the people who have sarcoidosis have remission within 3 years of diagnosis. "Remission" means the disease isn't active, but it can return.

Relapse (return of the disease) 1 or more years after remission occurs in less than 5 percent of patients.

Poor outcomes are more likely in people who have advanced disease and show little improvement from treatment.



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