Minocycline-induced dermatomyositis

Muscle Nerve. 2010 Apr;41(4):547-9. doi: 10.1002/mus.21487.


Minocycline is a semisynthetic tetracycline that causes a spectrum of autoimmune adverse reactions. We report a previously healthy patient who developed a panniculitis and histopathologically proven dermatomyositis during treatment with minocycline for acne vulgaris. Her signs and symptoms resolved completely upon cessation of minocycline. This case illustrates a novel adverse effect of a widely prescribed medication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Dermatomyositis / chemically induced*
  • Dermatomyositis / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Minocycline / adverse effects*
  • Young Adult


  • Minocycline