Sarcoidosis Treatments and Care
Highlights of our program include:
- Accurate diagnosis: Lung conditions such as asthma have symptoms, including coughing and wheezing, that are similar to pulmonary sarcoidosis. These similarities can make it hard to diagnose pulmonary sarcoidosis. We perform tests to confirm or rule out other conditions so you can feel confident in your diagnosis and next steps. Find out more about our lung diagnostic services.
- Effective care: In the early stages of pulmonary sarcoidosis, you may not need treatment. We perform regular testing to detect changes in your lungs that need attention. Our approach helps you receive timely care and avoid problems that come with taking medications you don’t need.
- Coordination: Sarcoidosis can affect many areas of your body including your heart, eyes and digestive system. To help you avoid the stress of managing the details of your care, we coordinate with other Cedars-Sinai experts to ensure you receive complete care that addresses all of your sarcoidosis symptoms.
Treatments include medications for symptom relief and monitoring to ensure your symptoms don't get worse.
Your treatment plan may include:
- Medications: We may prescribe steroids to reduce swelling. If steroids are not effective, we prescribe other medications to prevent granulomas from damaging your lungs.
- Monitoring: We use spirometry and lung function testing to see if your sarcoidosis is progressing. We also conduct periodic evaluations to determine if the disease is affecting other parts of the body. If it is, we make changes to your care plan, including altering your medications or prescribing stronger doses.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation: If extreme tiredness and weakness are slowing you down, we may refer you to pulmonary rehabilitation. Our specialists help you regain your strength with a personalized exercise program that’s safe for lung disease patients. Learn more about our pulmonary rehabilitation program.
- Lung transplantation: If the disease continues to progress despite treatment, we may transfer your care to our nationally recognized transplant experts. They will evaluate you to see if you’re eligible for a lung transplant.