Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Churg-Strauss Syndrome
Churg-Strauss syndrome causes inflammation that can restrict blood flow to organs and tissues.
Clinical Pearl of the Day: Churg-Strauss Syndrome
Churg-Strauss syndrome is a disorder marked by blood vessel inflammation.
- This inflammation can restrict blood flow to organs and tissues, sometimes permanently damaging them.
- This condition is also known as eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA).
- Adult-onset asthma is the most common sign of Churg-Strauss syndrome.
- Symptoms may include loss of appetite, weight loss, joint and muscle pain, abdominal pain, weakness, fatigue, rash, skin sores, pain, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
- Complications may include peripheral nerve damage, heart disease, and kidney damage.
- Diagnosis may include blood test, imaging tests, and biopsy of the affected tissue.
- Treatment may include corticosteroids, such as Prednisone, to reduce inflammation; Mepolizumab (Nucala); and other medications such as azathioprine (Azasan, Imuran), benralizumab (Fasenra), cyclophosphamide, methotrexate (Trexall), and rituximab (Rituxan).