Colchicine-induced pancreatitis in an elderly patient with renal impairment: A case report




acute pancreatitis, atypical presentation, older person, colchicine-induced, renal impairment


Colchicine is widely used in the treatment of acute gout. It has a narrow therapeutic window and can be extremely toxic in vulnerable older patients especially those with renal impairment. The most common side effects are gastrointestinal related, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Colchicine-induced acute pancreatitis is very rare especially within therapeutic dose range. We report an atypical presentation of acute pancreatitis caused by a therapeutic dose of colchicine in an elderly patient with preexisting chronic renal disease.


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Author Biographies

Shakil Ahmed Chohan, Changi General Hospital

Consultant Geriatrician, Changi General Hospital

Diraviyam Balasubramanian, Changi General Hospital, Singapore

Consultant Geriatrician, Changi General Hospital

Thet Thet Soe, Changi General Hospital

Resident Physician, Geriatrics


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