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Anti-HMGCR antibody-associated necrotising myopathy and its association with statin use


A 66-year-old man presented with chest pain and a 1-year history of generalised weakness, accompanied with generalised aches and pains. Symptoms worsened when he was initiated on statins. Investigations yielded high creatine kinase, high HMG-coenzymeA reductase (HMGCR) antibody titre, myopathic features on electromyography and muscle biopsy, and muscle atrophy on MRI. These results were in keeping with anti-HMGCR antibody myopathy. The patient responded well to immunosuppressive therapy.

  • muscle disease
  • neuro genetics
  • unwanted effects/adverse reactions
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