Churg-Strauss Disease Treatment & Management

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

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.

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Surgical Care

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  • 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.

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Consultations

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  • 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

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Diet

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.

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Activity

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.

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