Churg-Strauss syndrome

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Churg-Strauss syndrome

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What can you tell me about Churg-Strauss syndrome?

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Churg-Strauss syndrome is a rare disorder that causes inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis), usually in the lungs. Doctors may also refer to this as allergic granulomatosis or allergic angiitis. The cause of Churg-Strauss isn't known.

Signs and symptoms of this disorder may include:

  • Asthma
  • Nasal polyps
  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • An increased number of a specific type of white blood cell (eosinophilia)
  • Fatigue, fever and other flu-like symptoms

Treatment of Churg-Strauss syndrome typically is with medications — usually taken for long periods. They include:

  • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone or methylprednisolone
  • Cytotoxic drugs, such as cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan)

Last Updated: 02/27/2006
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