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To the Editor:
In the October 2011 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, we reported on a 55-year-old man who had an association between substance abuse and muscle disease.1 We interpreted this as an example of alcohol-induced rhabdomyolysis and shared that interpretation with readers of the Proceedings. We further speculated that improvements in the patient's condition while under our care might have been the result of corticosteroid treatment.
Shortly after the publication of our report, other physicians who also cared for this patient during other hospitalizations brought to our attention that our report did not accurately represent the complexity of the case. Specifically, we did not report multiple confounding events that could have meaningfully influenced readers' interpretation of the underlying pathophysiology and our claims of a positive response to corticosteroid treatment in this patient.
Based on this critique, we again reviewed the complete collection of the patient's record at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans. These additional findings were submitted to experts provided both by Tulane University and by the Editorial Board of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Some factors that the authors and reviewers felt should be shared with readers include:
In the final analysis, the authors and expert reviewers were uncertain whether the new information changed the conclusions and diagnosis presented in our case report. However, all agree that we were remiss in not being more precise with these facts in the manuscript accepted for publication in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
We apologize for any confusion our actions may have caused, and we thank those individuals who brought this oversight to our attention and helped us clarify the facts of the case.