Long-lasting myopathy as a major clinical feature of sarcoidosis in a child: Case report with a 7-year follow-up

G. A. Rossi, E. Battistini, M. E. Celle, L. D. Lamba, A. Pessagno, C. Gambini, E. Veneselli

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Abstract

Muscle involvement in sarcoidosis is rarely described as the predominant feature and muscular symptoms are seldom observed. In recent pediatric series, sarcoid myopathy was no longer considered a typical aspect of sarcoidosis. The authors report a case of sarcoidosis in a patient presenting predominant muscular symptoms since childhood, due to biopsy-proven muscle localization. A seven-year follow-up has demonstrated a slow improvement of symptoms with persistency of electromyography (EMG) and biochemical abnormalities. Mild and transient pulmonary involvement was demonstrated only after diagnosis. Clinical improvement associated with a decrease in serum muscular enzyme levels with no changes in EMG was observed after a six-month course of systemic corticosteroid therapy. In childhood, skeletal muscle symptoms may be the presenting feature of sarcoidosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-200
Number of pages5
JournalSarcoidosis Vasculitis and Diffuse Lung Diseases
Volume18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

Keywords

  • Childhood
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Smooth muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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