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May 1956

A Roentgenographic Study of Skeletal Lesions in Sarcoidosis

Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Radiology and Medicine of the Graduate Hospital and the Sarcoid Clinic of the Henry Phipps Institute of the University of Pennsylvania and from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(5):532-536. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250230026003

Sarcoidosis has been recognized in recent years as a generalized disorder of interest and importance to physicians in virtually all branches of medical practice. Roentgenologists have long been familiar with the occurrence of lesions in the bones of the hands and feet of patients with this disease. Estimates as to the frequency of skeletal involvement and as to the clinical value of its demonstration have varied widely. The reported occurrence has ranged from none in one study 1 to 43% in another.2 The frequency observed in large American series has approximated 20%,* while a recent Scandinavian study of 50 patients demonstrated skeletal lesions in only 6%.5 It was our impression that the prevalence in patients under our care was lower than that reported in the American studies cited above. It appeared of interest to have a single observer review the roentgenograms of hands and feet which had been