Vegan Diet Induced Myopathy

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Vamsi Chalasani
Sundar Shanmugam
Shankar Venkatasubramanian
Rithvik Ramesh


Background: Secondary hyperparathyroidism can present for the first time as myopathy in some patients. Strict vegans are at risk of vitamin D deficiency resulting in secondary hyperparathyroidism. A myopathic presentation may lead to investigations and misdiagnosis of neuromuscular disease, ratherthan a metabolic bone disease.

Methods: We report a young lady presenting with severe progressive limb girdle pattern myopathy, with brisk reflexes and periphral neuropathy. Electrophysiology confirmed the presence of ,yopathy and neuropathy, and labaotorial evaluation revealed vitamin D deficiency and elevated parathormone levels.

Results: She was supplemented with vitamin D, and on follow up was found to have a near complete improvement.

Conclusion: Hence it is imperative to evaluate for vitamin D deficiency in all

susceptible patients, especially with a history of strict vegetarianism.

Parathormone, myopathy, secondary hyperparathyroidism, electrophysiology, neuropathy.

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Chalasani, V., Shanmugam, S., Venkatasubramanian, S., & Ramesh, R. (2020). Vegan Diet Induced Myopathy. International Journal of TROPICAL DISEASE & Health, 41(21), 28-30.
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