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January 1982


Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics St Mary's Hospital 5801 Bremo Rd Richmond, VA 23226

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(1):11-12. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970370013001

Pediatricians have become increasingly aware of the occurrence of sarcoidosis in children; two articles in this issue of the Journal attest to that fact (see pp 13 and 71). Although the disease is still relatively rare in children, since 1953 there have been seven reported series, consisting of 117 cases, in children 15 years of age and younger in the United States,1-7 as well as a number of single case reports. The two articles in this issue of the Journal deal with some of the less common manifestations of the disease.

Most of the reported cases of sarcoidosis in childhood have occurred in preadolescents or adolescents. Of the cases documented from the world literature by McGovern and Merritt8 (up until 1953), 75% occurred between the ages of 9 and 15 years; 40 of the 43 cases at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, fall into the same age