Neuromyopathy caused by long term colchicine therapy

Hyung Jun Park, Hyung Soo Lee, Heasoo Koo, Soo Jeong Han, Euno Choi, Chan Young Lee, Seung Ah Lee, Young Chul Choi, Kee Duk Park

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Colchicine-induced neuromyopathy is an extremely rare complication, and can develop in the setting of acute overdose or chronic administration in therapeutic doses. A 72-year-old man presented with proximal muscle weakness and myalgia. He had angina pectoris and Behçet’s disease, leading to the treatment of colchicine (1.2 mg daily for about 6 years), cyclosporine, methylprednisolone, simvastatin, and aspirin. A biceps brachii muscle biopsy was performed and electron microscopic examination revealed scattered autophagic vacuoles. He was initially treated with steroid pulse therapy. However, muscle weakness did not improve. After the discontinuation of colchicine, muscle power and myalgia improved steadily. There should be heightened awareness of colchicine-induced neuromyopathy because that clinical suspicion is the most important diagnostic clue, and termination of colchicine is the only treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalNeurology Asia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018

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  • Colchicine
  • Muscular disease
  • Polyneuropathies
  • Toxicity


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