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October 16, 1967

Flame-Shaped Retinal Hemorrhages in Sarcoidosis

Author Affiliations

From the Georgetown University Medical Division (Dr. Quock). and the Pulmonary Disease Service (Dr. Donohoe), District of Columbia General Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, (Dr. Donohoe), Washington, DC. Dr. Quock is now with the Cardiopulmonary Section, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston.

JAMA. 1967;202(3):239-241. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130160113031

A patient with systemic sarcoidosis was found to have flame-shaped hemorrhages in the retina. To our knowledge, this is the second such case reported in the literature. Regression was noted to occur during treatment. When flame-shaped retinal hemorrhages are visualized, sarcoidosis should be considered as a possible cause in addition to diabetes, hypertension, and blood dyscrasias.