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Am J Clin Oncol. 2003 Aug;26(4):e115-8.

Role of radiotherapy in the treatment of neurosarcoidosis.

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Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, USA.

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Neurosarcoidosis is usually managed with steroids, immunosuppressives, and other medications. Several small series suggest that radiotherapy might be useful in patients whose disease is refractory to conventional treatment. The purpose of this article is to report the outcome of 4 patients with neurosarcoidosis who were treated at the University of Florida. With long-term follow up, partial regression of disease was observed in 2 patients, stabilization of disease in 1 patient, and disease progression in 1 patient. Our experience and review of the related literature suggest the following conclusions: (1) radiotherapy is often effective in preventing the progression of local symptoms from neurosarcoidosis, but has limited application in reversing established neurologic deficits; (2) sarcoid meningitis is responsive to radiotherapy; and (3) radiation dose for the palliation of symptoms related to neurosarcoidosis is 20 to 25 Gy.

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