Although epidemic pleurodynia is not uncommon in childhood, most of the contributions on this subject have been concerned primarily with its manifestations during the years of early adult life.
During the epidemic in Boston in 1933 an opportunity arose to study nineteen cases of this disease in children under 8 years of age.1 While it was known that acute epidemic myalgia was prevalent at that time, a number of the earlier cases in this group were at first unrecognized, because of failure to appreciate that the clinical course of the condition in young children often presents certain radical departures from the picture usually described for adults. My purpose in this report is to direct attention toward the symptomatology of the disease in children and to point out some of the more important variations between the infection in childhood and that in adult life.
Acute epidemic myalgia has been
RECTOR JM. ACUTE EPIDEMIC MYALGIA OR PLEURODYNIA: CLINICAL COURSE AND DIAGNOSIS OF THE DISEASE IN CHILDREN. Am J Dis Child. 1935;50(5):1095–1100. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970110003001
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