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Rivista di Medicina Interna
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Panminerva Medica 2003 March;45(1):75-7
Steroid myopathy in a child with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Case report
Genel F., Arslanoglu S., Hizarcioglu M., Durmaz B., Uran N., Aktas S.
Department of Pediatrics and Pathology Dr. Behçet Uz Children’s Hospital, Izmir, Turkey
An 8-year-old boy who had been diagnosed as systemic-onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis were on treatment for 8 months with methotrexate and additional steroids during activation. At the end of the 8th month when the corticosteroid dose was 12.5 mg/day, he began to suffer from numbness and weakness in his hands. Physical examination, laboratory findings and electromyography results demonstrated myopathy. Steroid myopathy was considered. Corticosteroids were tapered and stopped. At follow-up clinical findings remitted and electromyography became normal at the 4th month. We present here this case to direct attention to drug-induced myopathy besides myopathy due to primary disease in connective tissue disorders whenever myopathy exists.