Pediatric uveitis secondary to probable, presumed, and biopsy-proven sarcoidosis

Daniel E. Choi, Andrea D. Birnbaum, Frederick Oh, Howard H. Tessler, Debra A. Goldstein*

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Purpose: To describe pediatric patients with uveitis diagnosed as having sarcoidosis. Methods: Medical records of pediatric patients evaluated between 1987 and 2008 were reviewed to identify those with ocular inflammation in whom a diagnosis of sarcoidosis was considered. A classification system including ocular findings and results of laboratory testing was devised and used to classify likelihood of sarcoidosis. Results: Four hundred sixty children younger than 17 years were evaluated. Based on the classification system designed, 13 patients (2.8%) had probable, presumed, or definite sarcoidosis. The mean age was 11.6 years (range: 5 to 16 years). Elevated angiotensin-converting enzyme was measured in 6 patients and lysozyme in 5 patients. Five of 12 patients in whom chest imaging was performed had signs of sarcoidosis. Anterior segment involvement was non-granulomatous more often than granulomatous. Seven patients had multifocal choroiditis and 4 patients had retinal periphlebitis. Conclusion: Ocular sarcoidosis is uncommon in children, even at a tertiary referral center. Pulmonary involvement was detected in slightly less than half of the patients who had imaging, in contrast to previous reports of almost universal lung involvement in children 8 to 15 years old. The classification system of presumed, probable, and definite sarcoidosis presented may be useful in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-162
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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