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Megha Binoy*, Divya Venkatesan and Balakrishnan Ramasamy


A 54 year old man presented with complaints of weakness of lower limbs and difficulty in walking. He was treated with atorvastatin 40 mg once daily for the past four months. The laboratory studies showed a significant elevation in the creatine kinase (CK) of 55449 U/L (normal range 38-174 U/L). The liver enzymes were also elevated. Tests for autoantibodies were negative including antinuclear antibody, rheumatoid factor, anti -Ro/SSA and anti- La/SSB. He was diagnosed with statin induced myopathy followed by rhabdomyolysis given his history of statin exposure. Initially he was treated with IV methylprednisolone 500 mg OD which then got tapered to tablet prednisolone 40 mg OD. Immunosuppressive therapy was started with mycophenolate mofetil 500 mg BD which resulted in a dramatic improvement in his muscle strength and CPK levels. The latter came down to a level of 383 U/L within 2 weeks. Statins have an acceptable side effect profile in which myotoxicity is the most common and well known. Appropriate counseling of the patient and possible strict criteria are suggested in conditions where statin use is inevitable.

Keywords: Statins, Myopathy, Creatine kinase, Immunosuppressants.

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