A young, previously healthy woman presented with increasing muscle pain, lower limb swelling, fatigue and eosinophilia. She had consumed L-tryptophan tablets (one to two at night) over the preceding five months for management of her insomnia. Her condition slowly deteriorated and she developed generalised oedema and severe lethargy. A white blood cell count was 21.3 x 109/L with 43% eosinophils (Normal range: 4.0-11.0 x 109/L with 1-6% eosinophils. A biopsy specimen of the deep fascia and gastrocnemius muscle demonstrated fasciitis and myositis. The patient failed to recover after cessation of L-tryptophan use but her condition improved rapidly without significant sequelae after systemic treatment with corticosteroids.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Medical Journal of Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|
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