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Clinical Course of the Disease

In general, sarcoidosis appears briefly and heals naturally in 60 to 70 percent of the cases, often without the patient knowing or doing anything about it. From 20 to 30 percent of sarcoidosis patients are left with some permanent lung damage. In 10 to 15 percent of the patients, sarcoidosis can become chronic.

However, most in patients (even these with chronic damage) remain asymptomatic or with minimal symptoms. When either the granulomas or fibrosis seriously affect the function of a vital organ the lungs, heart, nervous system, liver, or kidneys, for example sarcoidosis can be fatal. This occurs 5 to 10 percent of the time. No one can predict how sarcoidosis will progress in an individual patient. But the symptoms the patient experiences, the doctor's findings, and the patient's race can give some clues.

For example, a sudden onset of general symptoms such as weight loss or feeling poorly usually means that the course of sarcoidosis will be relatively short and mild. Dyspnea often indicates that sarcoidosis will be more chronic.

Caucasian (white) patients are more likely to develop a milder form of the disease, while African-American (black) patients tend to develop a more chronic severe form.

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