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Definition of Allergic vasculitis

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Allergic vasculitis: A disease (also more commonly called the Churg-Straus syndrome) characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels in persons with a history of asthma or allergy.

The symptoms of the Churg-Strauss syndrome include fatigue, weight loss, inflammation of the nasal passages, symptoms of asthma, numbness, and weakness.

The ultimate test for the diagnosis of Churg-Straus syndrome is a biopsy of involved tissue.

Treatment of Churg-Strauss syndrome involves stopping inflammation and suppressing the immune system.

The Churg-Straus syndrome is named for the American pathologists Jacob Churg and Lotte Straus. Vasculitis means inflammation of vessels.

Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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