Abstract Title:

Statin-induced myositis migrans.

Abstract Source:

Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2002 Nov 30 ;114(21-22):943-4. PMID: 12528328

Abstract Author(s):

Helmut Sinzinger

Article Affiliation:

Wilhelm Auerswald Atherosclerosis Research Group (ASF), Institute for Diagnosis and Treatment of Lipid Disorders and Atherosclerosis (ATHOS), Vienna, Austria. [email protected]


Muscle related side effects of statins might be more frequent than once considered. Without affecting CK, they appear in various forms. Here, for the first time, we describe a new appearance we call "Statin-induced myositis migrans" in a 74-year-old female. Symptoms appeared more during the day and were not related to exercise. They were seen after simvastatin, pravastatin and--most intensively--after atorvastatin, but not on lovastatin, which the patient took for about 7 years without any problem. The clinical consequence (to withdraw the drug or not) of these milder statin side effects are discussed.

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