Author(s): Dey M.; Nair J.; Sankaranarayanan R.; Kanagala P.
Source: BMJ Case Reports; Aug 2019; vol. 12 (no. 8)
Publication Date: Aug 2019
Publication Type(s): Article
Available at BMJ Case Reports – from ProQuest (Health Research Premium) – NHS Version
Abstract:A 60-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with worsening dyspnoea, cough and chest pain. This was on a background of weight loss, decreased appetite, mononeuritis multiplex, chronic eosinophilia and a single episode of a non-blanching rash. Investigations demonstrated a raised troponin and ischaemic changes on ECG, and she was therefore initially treated for a presumed myocardial infarction. However, her symptoms failed to improve with treatment for the acute coronary syndrome. A coronary angiogram revealed no significant flow-limiting disease, and further investigations yielded confirmation of raised eosinophils and a positive perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody test. An echocardiogram demonstrated a pericardial effusion, and subsequent cardiac magnetic resonance features were compatible with myopericarditis. In light of these findings, the patient was diagnosed with eosinophilic granulomatous with polyangiitis and commenced on high-dose intravenous methylprednisolone and cyclophosphamide. She made an excellent recovery and remains in remission on azathioprine and a tapering dose of corticosteroids.
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