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The Challenge of Sarcoidosis

Linda S. Efferen, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Brooklyn, NY 
 ,  Dr. Efferen is a member of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, State University of New York, Downstate and Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Correspondence: Linda S. Efferen, MD, FCCP, State University of New York, Downstate Box 19, 450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203; e-mail: lefferen@dnamail.com



Chest. 2001;120(3):697-699. doi:10.1378/chest.120.3.697
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It is well-recognized that sarcoidosis is a multisystemic disorder of unknown etiology that can present with a myriad of signs and symptoms, but most commonly presents with pulmonary, ocular, or cutaneous involvement. Nonetheless, well over 100 years since its first description, unanswered questions about sarcoidosis abound. That is not to say that great strides have not been made in understanding the underlying pathogenesis and pathophysiology of the disease. However, with respect to clinical management, we remain at a point at which significant breakthroughs appear as a distant goal on the horizon, with no guarantee of attainment.

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