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Answer 5
  1. Myopathy. Colchicine can cause both myopathy and neuropathy in patients with renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance less than 50 mL/min). The myopathy can be profound and, like polymyositis, affects the proximal muscles more than the distal muscles. Creatine kinase levels can be markedly elevated, and electromyographic studies show a myopathic picture. Colchicine withdrawal allows total recovery from these effects.

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