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Rosuvastatin-related rhabdomyolysis causing severe proximal paraparesis and acute kidney injury


We describe the case of a 76-year-old man who presented with bilateral lower limb weakness associated with decreased urine output. His initial blood results showed acute kidney injury (AKI) stage 3 with substantially raised serum creatine kinase concentration of 37 950 IU/L (normal range <171 U/L). He had been on high-dose rosuvastatin for 4 years with a recent brand change occurring 1 week prior to onset of symptoms. There was no history of pre-existing neuromuscular disease. Statin-related rhabdomyolysis was suspected and rosuvastatin was withheld. His muscle strength gradually improved. He required haemodialysis for 10 weeks. He was discharged home after a complicated course of hospitalisation. His renal function improved and he became dialysis-independent; however, he was left with residual chronic kidney disease.

  • Acute renal failure
  • Unwanted effects / adverse reactions
  • Muscle disease
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