Journal of General Practice

ISSN: 2329-9126

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Ali A. Alzu'bi

King Hussein Medical City, Royal Medical Services,

  • Case Report
    Simvastatin-Induced Pleuro-Pericardial Effusion and Megaloblastic Anemia
    Author(s): Ali A. Alzu'biAli A. Alzu'bi

    Statins competitively inhibit 3-hyroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase, an enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, especially in the liver. Statins are considered for all patients with cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, non-haemorrhagic stroke, and transient ischemic attacks. Pleural and pericardial effusions may be caused by infectious diseases, malignancies and autoimmune disorders. However, unexplained effusions should raise the possibility of drugs as being the cause. Drug-induced anemia may be in the form of auto-immune or oxidative hemolysis, aplastic anemia, sideroblastic anemia or megaloblastic anemia. I report a case of lymphocytic pleural effusion, pericardial effusion and megaloblastic anemia in a patient known to have ischemic stroke, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. In the view of un-yielding clinical .. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2329-9126.1000198

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