Sarcoidosis: old and new treatments

Gibson, G. J.
May 2001
Thorax;May2001, Vol. 56 Issue 5, p336
Academic Journal
Year 2001 marks the 50th anniversary of the first reports of the successful treatment of sarcoidosis with cortisone and ACTH. It is somewhat depressing that no better therapeutic agents than steroids have emerged over the subsequent 50 years, and the sceptic might well conclude that little has changed. While the approach to treatment may have become more rational and the choice of effective agents has increased, it is at best suppressive rather than curative. The therapeutic challenges remain the recognition of those patients in whom remission and resolution are less likely, and determination of the optimum treatment to minimise permanent organ damage.


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