Different Types of Follow-Up Care for Sarcoidosis
Follow-Up After Initial Diagnosis
If, at diagnosis, you have no symptoms, a normal breathing test, and an abnormal chest x-ray:
- You should plan on having a follow-up exam every 6 to 12 months until your condition is stable or improving.
- Your breathing test may need to be repeated. The need to repeat it depends on your symptoms and ability to be active.
If, at your first follow-up visit, you have no new symptoms and your chest x-ray is normal, you can likely go to your regular doctor for future follow-up care.
If, at diagnosis, you have some symptoms, an abnormal chest x-ray, and don't need treatment, you should plan on having a follow-up exam in three to six months.
If, at your follow-up exam, your condition has gotten worse (that is, you now have more symptoms, an abnormal x-ray, or abnormal lab tests), then you may need treatment.
If treatment is started, you may need follow-up tests more often.
Follow-Up Based on Your Drug Treatment
If treatment has begun with prednisone, you should be checked for the following side effects:
If treatment is begun with hydroxychloroquine, you should have an eye exam every six months while taking this drug.
If treatment is begun with methotrexate, you should have blood tests every month or every other month to check for the following:
- Low white blood cell count
- Low platelet levels
- Liver inflammation.