Simvastatin-induced vasculitis with secondary mesenteric ischemia and intestinal infarction

Alissa S. Brotman O'Neill, Jausheng Tzeng, Herbert Dardik

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We report an unusual presentation of vasculitis associated with simvastatin. A 69-year-old female patient presented with a 1-day history of acute abdominal pain. However, she had recently been placed on a statin and had started to complain of abdominal pain 2 weeks after starting the medication. Initial investigation of her abdominal pain was negative. An exploratory laparotomy revealed necrotic bowel, which was resected. A pathology report noted acute and chronic vasculitis. A computed tomographic angiogram prior to her exploratory laparotomy showed no arterial involvement. Postoperatively, the patient had a rheumatologic workup, which only showed an elevated sedimentation rate. The patient is currently asymptomatic off of the statin. A diagnosis of drug-induced vasculitis was made in this case due to complete clinical remission and the timing of the events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E148-E149
JournalVascular Disease Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


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