February 2002 / Volume 47 / Number 2 / Page 167
Churg-Strauss Syndrome Occurring 30 Years After the Onset of Ulcerative Colitis
Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) is a rare disease that represents 2.2% of all vasculitis cases. CSS is characterized by asthma, peripheral blood and/or tissue eosinophilia, and evidence of systemic vasculitis. CSS appears to emerge with a highly variable delay after the onset of asthma, and it has rarely been described in association with ulcerative colitis or other inflammatory bowel diseases. We report the case of a 53-year-old woman with longstanding ulcerative colitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, peripheral eosinophilia (> 1,500 cells/mL), central nervous system involvement, and eosinophilic vasculitis on muscle biopsy, and who developed CSS 30 years after the first appearance of ulcerative colitis.
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