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Clin Rheumatol. 2004 Aug;23(4):355-7. Epub 2004 Apr 16.

A case of anti-Jo1 myositis with pleural effusions and pericardial tamponade developing after exposure to a fermented Kombucha beverage.

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Division of Rheumatology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 1910, USA. chris.derk@mail.tju.edu

Abstract

The pathogenesis of the idiopathic inflammatory myopathies has been postulated to be an environmental trigger causing the expression of the disease in a genetically predisposed patient. We report a case of anti-Jo1 antibody-positive myositis which was associated with pleural effusions, pericardial effusion with tamponade, and 'mechanic's hands', probably related to the consumption of a fermented Kombucha beverage. Kombucha 'mushroom', a symbiosis of yeast and bacteria, is postulated to be the trigger for our patient's disease owing to the proximity of his symptoms to the consumption of the Kombucha beverage.

PMID:
15293100
DOI:
10.1007/s10067-004-0890-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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