Abstract Title:

Simvastatin-induced lupus erythematosus.

Abstract Source:

South Med J. 1998 Sep ;91(9):873-4. PMID: 9743064

Abstract Author(s):

R Khosla, A N Butman, D F Hammer

Article Affiliation:

Wright State University School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, USA.


We report the case of a 79-year-old man who had onset of fatigue, myalgia, and pleuritic chest pain 3 months after initiation of therapy with simvastatin. He had signs of pleuropericarditis due to simvastatin-induced lupus erythematosus. This should alert clinicians to this possible adverse effect of simvastatin and other statins.

Study Type : Human: Case Report

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