Lung - nontumor
Granulomatous inflammation (noninfectious)
Allergic granulomatosis and angiitis

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 31 October 2018, last major update September 2011

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Definition / general
  • Also called Churg-Strauss syndrome
  • Very rare
  • Systemic vasculitis resembling polyarteritis nodosa or microscopic polyangiitis; associated with asthma, peripheral eosinophilia, pulmonary involvement and fever
  • Rarely presents without pulmonary disease as fever of unknown origin
  • < 50% have positive ANCA, often antimyeloperoxidase
  • Steroids: effective, but patients may relapse
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Lung and extrapulmonary sites (skin, heart, nervous system, GI) have prominent eosinophilic infiltrate, granulomatous reaction around necrotic foci with radially arranged histiocytes and pallisading giant cells near small arteries or arterioles, eosinophilic vasculitis
  • May have fibrin rich edema, lymphocytes, sarcoid-like granulomas, focal fibrosis and eosinophilic microabscesses
Differential diagnosis