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June 24, 1998

Zafirlukast and Churg-Strauss Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(24):1949-1950. doi:10.1001/jama.279.24.1949

To the Editor.—Dr Wechsler and colleagues1describe patients taking zafirlukast (Accolate) for asthma who develop Churg-Strauss syndrome following discontinuation of treatment with corticosteroids. The authors speculate that the syndrome was possibly unmasked following corticosteroid withdrawal and not directly related to zafirlukast.

We report a case that is similar to those described by Wechsler et al except that this patient had not been taking corticosteroids for her asthma.

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