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Wegener's Granulomatosis

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Synonyms of Wegener's Granulomatosis

  • Midline granulomatosis
  • Necrotizing Respiratory Granulomatosis
  • Pathergic Granulomatosis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Wegener's granulomatosis is an uncommon disorder characterized by inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis) that results in damage to various organ systems of the body, most often the respiratory tract and kidneys. Symptoms may include ulcerations of the mucous membranes in the nose with secondary bacterial infection, a persistent runny nose, sinus pain, and chronic middle ear infection (otitis media) potentially resulting in hearing loss. In some cases, kidney abnormalities may progress to kidney failure, a serious complication. If the lungs are affected, a cough, expectoration of blood (hemoptysis), and inflammation of the thin membrane lining the outside of the lungs and the inside of the lung may be present. The exact cause of Wegener's granulomatosis is not known.

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