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September 1958

Muscular Dystrophy in Sarcoidosis

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(3):443-446. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00030010443015

Sarcoidosis may involve skeletal muscle.1 Although some reviews2-4 leave the impression this may be uncommon, other reports5-7 suggest this is because it is not always looked for. In muscle biopsy specimens from four patients with sarcoidosis, Myers et al.5 found typical lesions in three, although there was nothing to suggest these had produced any symptoms. Maurice6 had a patient with muscular dystrophy due to sarcoidosis and then found muscular lesions in 7 of 12 other cases with sarcoidosis. I report a case presenting with a muscular dystrophy.

Report of Case  A dressmaker, aged 39 years, was admitted to the Cardiff Royal Infirmary on Sept. 25, 1954, for muscular weakness and dysphagia. She first noted the weakness in 1944, when for a few weeks her legs felt heavy and she had difficulty in climbing stairs. She recovered completely after eight weeks. In April, 1954, these symptoms reappeared, and now she also had paraesthesiae, which

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