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Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's)
Other Names for this Disease
- Midline granulomatosis
- Wegener granulomatosis
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Wegener's granulomatosis is a type of vasculitis, or inflammation of the blood vessels. This limits the flow of blood to important organs, causing damage. It can affect any organ, but it mainly affects the sinuses, nose, trachea (windpipe), lungs and kidneys. Symptoms can vary in nature and severity, and may include sinus pain; discolored or bloody fluid from the nose; nasal ulcers; constant runny nose (rhinorrhea); joint pain; weakness; tiredness; and/or skin lesions. The cause of Wegener's granulomatosis is unknown. Early treatment is important. Most people improve with medicines to slow or stop the inflammation.
Last updated: 7/27/2011
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