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Churg–Strauss syndrome

noun \ˈchərg-ˈstrau̇s-\

Medical Definition of Churg–Strauss syndrome

  1. :  a rare, progressive, inflammatory disease with variable symptoms usually beginning with asthma, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, and sinusitis followed by eosinophilia and eventually systemic inflammation of small- to medium-sized blood vessels, granulomatosis, and peripheral neuropathy While the lungs and skin are most often affected in Churg-Strauss syndrome, other parts of the body (such as the gastrointestinal tract and heart) may also be involved. —called also allergic granulomatosis; see antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody

Biographical Note for churg–strauss syndrome




(1910–2005), and




(1913–1985), American pathologists. Churg and Strauss spent virtually the whole of their medical careers at Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical School in New York City. Churg's areas of research included vascular diseases, renal structure and diseases, and pneumoconioses. Strauss specialized in pediatric pathology. They described the syndrome that bears their names in articles published in 1951.

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