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Table 3 Relationship between the presence or absence of pulmonary, lymph nodes, or extra-thoracic organ system involvement (liver, spleen, and bone) and daily oral steroid dose at 6 months

From: Semi-quantitative metabolic values on FDG PET/CT including extracardiac sites of disease as a predictor of treatment course in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis

Organ/system Presence (+) or absence (-) of involvement Daily steroid equal to or less than 10 mg Daily steroid greater than 10 mg P value
Lung + (n = 6) 4 2 0.60
− (n = 10) 8 2
Lymph nodes + (n = 13) 10 3 1.0
− (n = 3) 2 1
Extrathoracic organ system + (n = 6) 6 0 0.23
(Liver, spleen, or bone) − (n = 10) 6 4