Patient diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis after one dose of statin

Doctors say the case underscores the importance of early and regular creatine kinase monitoring

Doctors are being urged to closely monitor older patients on statins following a case in which a man developed rhabdomyolysis after just one day on the drug.

The 80-year-old man developed pain in the right calf after his first dose of atorvastatin while hospitalised for bronchitis, say the authors from West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.

When blood tests showed significant increases in creatine kinase, myoglobin and potassium levels, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis.