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BMJ Case Reports 2016; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-217208
  • CASE REPORT

Muscle mania: the quest for the perfect body

Press Release
  1. Maria B Johnson1
  1. 1London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London Division of Surgery, London, UK
  3. 3London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, Ealing Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ajay Sahu, ajaysahuin{at}gmail.com
  • Accepted 17 October 2016
  • Published 1 December 2016

Summary

We describe the case of a young man with repeated hospital presentations for a variety of symptoms related to excessive bodybuilding and associated behaviours. He presented to our department (radiology) with right arm pain and loss of function. Ultrasound showed complete triceps rupture, rare in young patients and multiple cystic areas within the muscles of the arm. MRI revealed these to be multiple proteinaceous lesions within the muscle bellies and the possibility of self-innoculation was raised by the reporting radiologist. The patient subsequently admitted to injecting coconut oil to improve muscle contour lost secondary to injury. A review of his hospital presentations was then made and revealed further concerning practices performed by the patient to enhance his muscular appearance.

Footnotes

  • Contributors MH contributed to conception and design, data acquisition, drafting and revising the article and final approval of the published version. MJ contributed to conception and design, data acquisition, critically revising the article and final approval of the published version. AS contributed to data acquisition and final approval of the published version.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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