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Neurosarcoidosis: diagnosis and management.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20665392     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Sarcoidosis is a multisystemic inflammatory granulomatous disease that affects both the central and peripheral nervous system. The neurological manifestations depend on the areas of the neuroaxis affected. In the brain, patients with neurosarcoidosis have leptomeningeal and intraparenchymal infiltration of granulomas that leads to, for example, cranial nerve palsies, basal meningitis, and endocrine dysfunction. It can cause peripheral neuropathies such as mononeuritis multiplex and sensorimotor polyneuropathy as well as radiculopathy and myopathy. Diagnosis and management of patients with neurosarcoidosis are challenging given that the gold standard is tissue-proven biopsy, which, in most cases of neurological illness, is difficult to obtain. Treatment strategies have not been rigorously evaluated but corticosteroids are considered the drug of choice. Other immunosuppressant agents such as cyclophosphamide, mycophenolate mofetil, and infliximab are efficacious in the treatment of neurosarcoidosis.
Diana L Vargas; Barney J Stern
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2010-07-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in respiratory and critical care medicine     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1098-9048     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin Respir Crit Care Med     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-28     Completed Date:  2010-11-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9431858     Medline TA:  Semin Respir Crit Care Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  419-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright Thieme Medical Publishers.
Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Biopsy / methods
Brain / physiopathology
Central Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  physiopathology
Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  physiopathology
Sarcoidosis / diagnosis,  drug therapy*,  physiopathology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Glucocorticoids; 0/Immunosuppressive Agents

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