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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 190-193

Rosuvastatin-induced rhabdomyolysis: A case report

1 Department of Nephrology, Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Critical Care, Apollo Hospital, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Suvadeep Sen
Department of Critical Care, Apollo Hospital, Plot No- 23, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai, - 400 614, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijn.IJN_388_19

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Rosuvastatin is a recently approved statin and used widely across the globe for primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular heart disease. It has the highest lipid-lowering property among all statins and relatively well tolerated. Rhabdomyolysis is a rare but potentially serious adverse effect. The present report highlights the case of a patient admitted with proximal myopathy with severe rhabdomyolysis and acute kidney injury associated with life-threatening hyperkalemia. The symptoms appeared within 1 month of starting rosuvastatin. He required temporary dialysis to overcome the crisis. His myopathy and kidney injury were completely reversible after a few months of stopping the drug. In this report, we have also discussed the various risk factors for developing myopathy with statins and the importance of strict pharmacovigilance, and a greater caution among physicians while using this drug.


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