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Churg Strauss Syndrome Signs and Symptoms

Churg Strauss syndrome is a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the medium and small blood vessels.  It is one of the many forms of vasculitis, and it is also known as allergic granulomatosis or allergic angiitis.  Churg Strauss Syndrome mostly occurs in people with a history of asthma or allergies, and involves mainly the blood vessels of the lungs.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of Churg Strauss Syndrome below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Churg Strauss Syndrome include:

  • The onset of allergies or the worseningof pre-existing allergies
  • Acute asthma
  • Sinus pain
  • Nasal polyps
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Severe nerve pain in the arms and legs
  • Skin nodules
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash or skinsores
  • Seizures
  • Confusion
  • Joint pain
  • Irregular heartbeat

Diagnosis of Churg Strauss Syndrome

It is difficult to diagnose Churg Strauss syndrome because the disorder has so many symptoms associated with other conditions.  Most people with Churg Strauss syndrome have asthma, as well as peripheral neuropathy.  A higher than normal white blood cell count of eosinophils is strongly indicative of Churg Strauss syndrome.  As well, many people have chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps.  A blood test can confirm the presence of autoantibodies in the blood that can help in the diagnosis of Churg Strauss syndrome.


Books and Articles For People With Signs and Symptoms of Churg Strauss Syndrome

Churg-Strauss Syndrome – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
Eosinophilic Cutaneous Conditions: Churg-strauss Syndrome, Hypereosinophilic Syndrome, Incontinentia Pigmenti, Eosinophilic Granuloma
Books LLC


No link between leukotriene modifiers, vasculitis.(Churg-Strauss syndrome associated causes study): An article from: Internal Medicine News
Nancy Walsh
Patient: The True Story of a Rare Illness
Ben Watt

Churg Strauss Syndrome Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Churg Strauss Syndrome Association

The official web site of the Churg Strauss Syndrome Association. They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and educating patients and their families who are afflicted with Churg Strauss Syndrome.

http://www.cssassociation.org/about_the_syndrome.asp

  • Vasculitis Foundation

The Vasculitis Foundation supports and empowers patients through education, awareness and research.

http://www.vasculitisfoundation.org/churgstrausssyndrome

  • Experience Project

Anonymously connect with people who share your experiences– like those who say ‘I Have Churg-strauss Syndrome’. Read hundreds of true stories, share your own story anonymously, get feedback and comments, chat in the discussion forum, help others, meet new friends, and so much more– all free.

http://www.experienceproject.com/groups/Have-Churg-strauss-Syndrome/90243

  • MD Junction

A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Churg-Strauss Syndrome, together.

http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/churg-strauss-syndrome-discussions/general-support

  • Inclusion body Myositis

Site presented by Bill Turner for people with CIPD

http://ibmmyositis.com/cidp.htm



Medical Resources

  • Neurology Muscular Dystrophy and Neuropathy Institute

9301 Wilshire Blvd Suite 600

Beverley Hills  CA 90210

1-877-88-NERVE (1-877-886-3783)

http://www.beverlyhillsneurology.com/cidp.html