Medical Definition of Granulomatosis, allergic

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Granulomatosis, allergic: 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, asthma symptoms, 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.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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