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Large bowel obstruction heralding Churg-Strauss syndrome.

Departmet of Clinical Medicine, Nephrology and Health Science, University of Parma, Italy.
The American Journal of Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 9.21). 04/2004; 99(3):562-3. DOI: 10.1111/j.1572-0241.2004.04105.x
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