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
McConkey B. Muscular Dystrophy in Sarcoidosis. AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(3):443–446. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00030010443015
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