Several cases of inflammatory myopathy have been reported during the chronic course of hepatitis C (HC) in recent years. It has been suggested that this muscular inflammatory involvement in HC is related to an immune-mediated mechanism caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), as HCV RNA has been detected in the muscle of patients with concomitant inflammatory myopathy and chronic HC. Herein, we report on a patient with a history of chronic HC, who developed a slowly progressive proximal muscle weakness; muscle biospy revealed a vacuolar myopathy. Histological, immunohistochemical and biochemical study did not disclose any known cause of vacuolar myopathy. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a vacuolar myopathy during the course of HC. We suggest that it may be opportune to include HC among the possible aetiologies of vacuolar myopathy, should other reports confirm this association.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology