What is the role of chest radiography in the workup of vasculitis?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Nadia Jennifer Chiara Luca, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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This is indicated to screen for pulmonary involvement in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (formerly Wegener granulomatosis), Churg-Strauss syndrome, microscopic polyangiitis, Takayasu arteritis (TA), and Behçet syndrome.

A characteristic of CSS is fluctuating infiltrates (see the image below).

Chest radiography in Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) Chest radiography in Churg-Strauss syndrome (CSS) with pulmonary infiltrates.

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