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December 1963

Sarcoid Arthritis: A Review

Author Affiliations


Clinical Instructor in Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Staff Physician, Denver Veterans Administration Hospital.; From the departments of medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Denver Veterans Administration Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(6):924-935. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860060148016

Jonathan Hutchinson, in 1877, in what is generally considered to be the first reported instance of sarcoidosis, remarked that, "I was inclined to consider the skin disease as essentially connected with gout." 1 Twelve years later, in his classic description of uveoparotid fever, Heerfordt described an unexplained transient knee effusion in one of his patients.2 In more recent times, Schaumann, whose name is often linked with that of Boeck in the nomenclature of sarcoidosis, described joint abnormalities in the disease.3 Despite these classic reports, it was not until the last decade that arthritis has been considered to be more than a rare and coincidental finding in patients with sarcoidosis. Although many isolated cases had been noted previously,4-16 in 1952 Myers et al17 were the first to describe in detail a series of patients with significant articular disease, and then, in 1959, Sokoloff and Bunim18 reported their experience with sarcoid arthritis