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Suggest alternative treatment for sarcoidosis to replace Prednisone

my nephew(a 40 year old in good health until now) has been diagnosed with sarcoidosis he was treated with predizone but treatment has not been successful. his symptoms have continued.Are there other treatments available? A friend also a doctor suggested he may want to get on a waiting list for a heart/lung transplant...is that something to be considered?
Fri, 3 Nov 2017
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Sarcoidosis is connective tissue disease involving lungs, mediastinal lymphnode, heart etc.
It is chronic progressive disease.
Prednisone is the only effective treatment for sarcoidosis.
If your nephew is not improving on prednisone, lung transplant is the only option.
So better to register in lung transplant registry as early as possible to avoid long waiting.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your nephew. Thanks.
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