Other Tests for People Dealing With Sarcoidosis

Other Tests Used to Monitor Sarcoidosis

Depending on how serious your condition is and what organs are affected, you may also need to have certain tests done regularly.
 
Eye Tests
Everyone who is diagnosed with sarcoidosis, even if they don't have eye symptoms, should see an ophthalmologist for regular eye tests. This is important, because you may have eye damage even if you don't have symptoms.
 
These tests may include:
 
  • A slit lamp examination. Your doctor uses an instrument with a high-intensity light source to look at the front of your eyes.
  • A visual field examination. Your doctor will ask you to you to look at a light through an instrument.
  • Inspection of your retina and optic nerve.
     
If you develop eye symptoms, your doctor may have you repeat the tests.
 
You should also have regular eye exams if you are being treated with:
 
Breathing Tests
These tests are used to check the course of sarcoidosis in your lungs. The results are compared over time.
 
Blood Tests
A blood test for calcium should be done. If your calcium level is too high, you probably will need to be treated. You also should not take vitamin and mineral supplements containing calcium or vitamin D, and you should avoid too much exposure to the sun.
 
Electrocardiogram
This test is needed to make sure that your heart is not affected by sarcoidosis. The heart can be affected at any time if the sarcoidosis is active.
 

Sarcoidosis Disease

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