Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome Questions & Answers

Updated: Dec 01, 2017
  • Author: William E Monaco, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What are the diagnostic criteria for eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the pathophysiology of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the prevalence of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) in the US?

What is the global prevalence of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the mortality and morbidity associated with eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Which patient groups have the highest prevalence of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What are the chronic symptoms of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What causes eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the role of pulmonary function tests (PFTs) in the workup of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the role of electrophysiologic testing in the workup of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the role of echocardiography in the workup of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the role of biopsy in the workup of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Treatment

How is eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) treated?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Eosinophilia-Myalgia Syndrome?

Follow-up

What is included in long-term monitoring of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

When is inpatient care indicated for the treatment of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

Which medications are used in the treatment of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

When is patient transfer indicated in the treatment of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

How is relapse of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS) prevented?

What are the possible complications of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is the prognosis of eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?

What is included in patient education about eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS)?