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Italian Journal of Medicine ; 16(SUPPL 1):71, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1912982


Background: Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA) is a medium and small vessel vasculitis. Discussion: A 58-years man was admitted to the Emergency Department in January 2022 for myalgia and weakness of lower limbs in recent COVID-19 infection. He had a clinical history of allergic asthma and eosinophilic pneumonia (ANCA negative) diagnosed as secondary to sensitization work-related in 2001. Blood test showed a severe hypereosinophilia (absolute eosinophil count: 9875/microL) and elevated creatine kinase (CK: 7555 U/L). He was hospitalized in HUB COVID. During hospitalization reported paraesthesia of upper and lower limbs and fever;blood test showed elevation of inflammation markers. Autoimmune screening showed a antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies positivity (ANCA anti-MPO 178UI/mL). A sinus CT showed nasal polyposis. A neurological evaluation and electromyography were performed with the evidence of polyneuropathy. Muscle biopsy showed eosinophil-associated vascular occlusion and eosinophilassociated tissue damage. The investigation excluded renal, cardiac, pulmonary and gastro-intestinal involvement. A steroid therapy (Prednisone 1 mg/kg/die) was started with clinical improvement. Conclusions: EGPA is a multisystemic disorder, typically suspected based on a combination of clinical findings, such as asthma, nasal and sinus symptoms, peripheral neuropathy, and eosinophilia ≥1500/microL. ANCA antibodies are positive in around 40% of patients and diagnosis can often be challenging and delayed.