Churg-Strauss syndrome presenting with conjunctival and eyelid masses: a case report

Med J Malaysia. 2011 Dec;66(5):517-9.


Churg-Strauss syndrome, a small and medium vessel vasculitis, was first described by Churg and Strauss in 1951. It is characterised by the presence of asthma, prominent tissue and blood eosinophilia, systemic vasculitis, and pulmonary and systemic necrotising allergic granulomas. Involvement of the skin, heart and gastrointestinal tract is well documented, but ocular presentation is unusual. We describe a 40-year-old lady who presented with recurrent upper eyelid swelling due to conjunctival lesions. Although she has chronic asthma, Churg-Strauss syndrome was never suspected. The diagnosis of Churg-Strauss syndrome was only made following histological examination of the conjunctival lesions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biopsy
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome / drug therapy
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome / pathology
  • Conjunctiva / pathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Eyelids / pathology*
  • Female
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Prednisolone / therapeutic use


  • Glucocorticoids
  • Prednisolone