Patient develops rhabdomyolysis after nine years on statins

It's a reminder to consider statin-induced autoimmune myopathy, says case report author

Doctors are being urged to consider statin-induced myopathy in patients taking the drugs long-term presenting with muscle pain and weakness, following a rare case of statin-induced delayed rhabdomyolysis.

Blood and urine tests

The 73-year-old US woman had been on simvastatin for more than nine years when she presented to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, with new-onset leg weakness, falls and dark-coloured urine with decreased output.

She denied any recent viral syndrome, overexertion, trauma and other symptoms such as numbness,