Objective: We present a case of clozapine-related myocarditis, with a rising C-reactive protein as the only initial evidence supporting the diagnosis. Method: An otherwise healthy young male presenting with treatment-resistant schizophrenia was started on clozapine. Monitoring was performed. Results: At day 18 he developed fever, tachycardia and a raised C-reactive protein, while troponin levels and echocardiogram remained normal. Conclusions: Current protocols monitoring for myocarditis have their limitations and can often only be used to support a presumptive diagnosis of myocarditis. In keeping with the current clozapine monitoring guidelines, we demonstrate that a rise in C-reactive protein levels can be a critical early sign of myocarditis warranting close monitoring and serious consideration for cessation of clozapine.
- C-reactive protein
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging