Ipecac-induced myopathy simulating dermatomyositis

Harvey S. Bennett, Alfred J. Spiro, Michael A. Pollack, Preston Zucker

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We studied a young woman with an eating disorder. To induce vomiting, she took syrup of ipecac daily for 2 years, and then developed insidious, progressive muscle weakness. Skin findings were similar to those of dermatomyositis. Muscle biopsy, however, was similar to experimental emetine myopathy and lacked inflammatory features. Upon cessation of ipecac abuse, strength returned. We believe that this patient had ipecac-induced muscle weakness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-94
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1982


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  • Clinical Neurology

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Bennett, H. S., Spiro, A. J., Pollack, M. A., & Zucker, P. (1982). Ipecac-induced myopathy simulating dermatomyositis. Neurology, 32(1), 91-94.