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Rare disease
Recurrent wheezing … is it only asthma?
  1. Luis Vaz Rodrigues1,
  2. Cristina Lopes2,
  3. Graça Castel-Branco2
  1. 1
    Centro Hospitalar de Coimbra, Pulmunology, Quinta dos Vales, S Martinho do Bispo, Coimbra 3041-801, Portugal
  2. 2
    Hospital de São João, EPE, Immuno-allergology Division, Alameda Prof Hernâni Monteiro, Porto 4200 – 319, Portugal
  1. Luis Vaz Rodrigues, luis.vaz.rodrigues{at}


We report the case of an 18-year-old female patient observed in our allergy clinic with a diagnosis of uncontrolled asthma. The unexpected behaviour of the disease led us to consider other diagnoses and we finally diagnosed Churg–Strauss syndrome, a rare multisystem disorder requiring a different clinical approach.

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