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Prognosis of Sarcoidosis

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Department of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(6):1038-1039. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-73-6-1038_2
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Most European investigators emphasize the favorable outcome of sarcoidosis. A recent report from Finland (1) describes observations on 135 cases of acute untreated sarcoidosis; complete healing occurred in 76% within 2 years. It might be objected that a more accurate title for this study would have been "Prognosis of sarcoidosis not requiring treatment" since those requiring corticoids were excluded. Nevertheless, the disease appears almost equally benign in reports from Sweden (2) and England (3). Recovery is most frequent in patients whose onset is with erythema nodosum, next most frequent in those with asymptomatic hilar adenopathy, and least frequent in those




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