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Journal of the Korean Neurological Association 2009;27(4): 424-427.
Myopathy Following Ingestion of Ma-huang (Ephedra)-based Herbal Remedy
백장현, 서범천 김용범 정필욱 문희수 진동관 김봉제 박용식
성균관대학교 의과대학 강북삼성병원 신경과
마황(에페드라) 함유 한약 복용 후 발생한 근육병증
Jang-Hyun Ba
Department of Neurology, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Abstract
Ma-huang (Ephedra sinica) is a herb that exhibits sympathomimetic activity. We report a patient with acquired myopathy following ingestion of a Ma-huang-based herbal remedy for 6 months. A 50-year-old woman was admitted for progressive muscular weakness. An electrodiagnostic study and muscle biopsy sampling revealed generalized active myopathy with nonspecific inflammation. It appears that Ma-huang, along with Raynaud’s phenomenon and pericardial effusion, may be a causative agent of myopathy. As such, attention should be paid to the possibility that herbal medication with Ma-huang can result in myopathy. Key Words: Ephedra, Ma-huang, Muscular diseases
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