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American Thoracic Society Publishes First Practice Guidelines for Diagnosis, Detection of Sarcoidosis

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The American Thoracic Society published clinical practice guidelines on the detection and diagnosis of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs, lymph glands, and other organs.

The 13 conditional recommendations were broken in to 3 sections:

  • Lymph Node Sampling
  • Screening for Extrapulmonary Disease
  • Diagnostic Evaluation of Suspected Extrapulmonary Disease

“There are no universally accepted measures to determine whether each diagnostic criterion has been satisfied,” said Elliott D. Crouser, MD, co-chair of the guideline committee and professor of pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, in a press release. “Therefore, the diagnosis of sarcoidosis is never fully certain.”

The guidelines were published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and can be found here.

 

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