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Churg-Strauss Disease Treatment & Management

  • Author: Robert Stanley Rust, Jr, MD, MA; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
Updated: Oct 13, 2014

Medical Care

Medical management of cardiovascular, cardiac, renal, and gastrointestinal complications of Churg-Strauss disease falls under the purview of subspecialty consultation. Drugs used in the treatment of Churg-Strauss disease are described in Medication.


Surgical Care

See the list below:

  • Surgical procedures in patients with Churg-Strauss disease most commonly entail biopsy of affected tissues.
  • In addition, surgical intervention may be indicated in patients who experience catastrophic complications, such as acute abdomen or intracranial hemorrhage.


See the list below:

  • Consultations for patients with Churg-Strauss disease depend on the manifestations of the disease. The cardiopulmonary manifestations typically are most important. Consultations with the following may be required:
    • Pulmonologist
    • Cardiologist
    • Rheumatologist
    • Gastroenterologist
    • Urologist


No dietary factors are clearly known to assist in the management of Churg-Strauss disease, except as are related to the management of congestive heart failure, renal failure, or gastrointestinal complications. The management of these factors falls under the purview of subspecialists involved in the care of these organ systems.



No clear evidence suggests that particular activities influence the course of the illness once it is established. Environmental exposures and medical treatment of asthma that may influence the chances for development of Churg-Strauss disease are discussed in Causes.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Robert Stanley Rust, Jr, MD, MA Thomas E Worrell Jr Professor of Epileptology and Neurology, Co-Director of FE Dreifuss Child Neurology and Epilepsy Clinics, Director, Child Neurology, University of Virginia School of Medicine; Chair-Elect, Child Neurology Section, American Academy of Neurology

Robert Stanley Rust, Jr, MD, MA is a member of the following medical societies: Child Neurology Society, Society for Pediatric Research, American Headache Society, International Child Neurology Association, American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, American Neurological Association

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Specialty Editor Board

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Kenneth J Mack, MD, PhD Senior Associate Consultant, Department of Child and Adolescent Neurology, Mayo Clinic

Kenneth J Mack, MD, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Neuroscience

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Chief Editor

Amy Kao, MD Attending Neurologist, Children's National Medical Center

Amy Kao, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, Child Neurology Society

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Robert J Baumann, MD Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Department of Neurology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Robert J Baumann, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Neurology Society

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