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Rev Port Cardiol. 2009 Dec;28(12):1449-56.

Cardiomyopathy in Churg-Strauss syndrome.

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Serviço de Cardiologia, Hospital de Santarém, Portugal.


The authors present the case of a 56-year-old man, admitted to the hospital twice in ten days for acute coronary syndrome with normal coronary angiograms. In the second hospitalization, the patient had anginal crises that did not respond to anti-ischemic therapy, associated with cough and wheezing. The echocardiogram revealed worsening left ventricular systolic dysfunction. He had no cardiovascular risk factors but there was a history of bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis and peripheral neuropathy of the left upper limb with paresthesias. Laboratory studies showed eosinophilia, detected in previous blood tests, although more marked than before. Chest X-rays showed non-fixed pulmonary infiltrates and bronchoalveolar lavage revealed increased lymphocytes and eosinophils, suggesting Churg-Strauss syndrome with the probable cardiac manifestation of coronary vasospasm. A cardiac MRI was also performed but was inconclusive due to the patient's intolerance of the exam.

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