How Location Affects Sarcoidosis Treatment

Sarcoidosis Treatment Based on Type

Your treatment options will depend on the organs affected by sarcoidosis.
 
Eyes
Sarcoidosis in your eyes almost always responds well to treatment. Often, the only treatment you need is eye drops containing corticosteroids. You should have yearly eye exams, even if you think your eyes are doing well.
 
Spleen
Sarcoidosis can cause your spleen to become larger. This can lead to a decrease in your red or white blood cells or platelets, and can increase your chances of infection and blood clotting disorders. Treatment for sarcoidosis is usually given to increase the number of your blood cells and ease your pain. In rare cases, your spleen may need to be removed.
 
Liver
Sarcoidosis rarely causes permanent liver damage. As a result, your liver usually isn't treated unless it's causing major symptoms (for example, fever). Medicines can usually reduce granulomas in your liver. Liver transplantation has been successful in those rare cases in which the condition has become worse.
 
Follow-up care includes regular blood tests to find out how well your liver is working. You should check with your doctor to find out how often you need these tests.
 
Nervous System
Sarcoidosis in your nervous system (neurosarcoidosis) usually needs treatment. Nerve tissue heals slowly, so treatment often takes a long time. You may need to take several medicines at high doses for a while.
 
Erythema Nodosum
These painful bumps on your shins often go away after several weeks to months without treatment. Your doctor probably will not give you medication unless you are very uncomfortable. Aspirin or ibuprofen will usually help relieve any associated pain.

Sarcoidosis Disease

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