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Volume 33, Number 4, December 2000

Childhood Churg-Strauss syndrome: report of a case

Shiuan-Jenn Wang, Yao-Hsu Yang, Yu-Tsan Lin, Min-Jer Tsai, Bor-Luen Chiang
Department of Pediatrics, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, ROC



Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) (allergic granulomatosis and angitis) is an uncommon form of systemic vasculitis, which is rare in children. It is characterized by peripheral blood hypereosinophilia, systemic necrotizing vasculitis, and a preceding history of bronchial asthma. We described a boy with initial presentation of poorly controlled bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, recurrent sinusitis and several episodes of hemoptysis since the age of 9. He then developed purpuric skin lesions, generalized soreness, and symptoms of mononeuritis multiplex at age 11. On admission to our hospital at the age of 12, he developed marked pericardial effusion. After a series of studies including chest computed tomography (CT), skin biopsy, nerve conduction study, and serological tests for autoantibodies, CSS was diagnosed. Thereafter, he received regular corticosteroid therapy, and his symptoms were generally well-controlled with occasional acute exacerbation. The clinical characteristics, diagnosis and management of CSS in children are also reviewed.


J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2000;33:263-266.