Wegener’s Granulomatosis

Wegener’s Granulomatosis is in the Vasculitis family of autoimmune disease, which involves the inflammation of the blood vessels. In the case of Wegener’s Granulomatosis, the disease begins in the respiratory system causing inflamed blood vessels, which can develop into tumor-like masses called granulomases that interfere with the blood flow. It is twice more common in men than in women and generally sufferers see an on set between the ages of thirty and forty, although the disease can form at any age. 90% of those diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis are Caucasian. The cause for the disease is unknown. Wegener’s Granulomatosis is neither hereditary nor contagious.

Symptoms of Wegener’s Granulomatosis

The initial symptoms of Wegener’s Granulomatosis can mimic the common cold and appear in the upper respiratory track. They include sore throat, runny nose, cough, and can develop into pneumonia. Other early symptoms include sever nosebleeds, sores on the skin, ear infections, chronic cough, fever, sinus infections, general weakness and fatigue, and joint pain. In untreated and progressed cases, Wegener’s Granulomatosis can cause hearing loss, deafness, and renal failure which can become life threatening. If presenting without renal disease, Wegener’s Granulomatosis is called limited Wegener’s.

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