Wegener’s granulomatosis, now called granulomatosis with polyangiitis, is a condition of the immune system. It causes swelling and irritation in blood vessels and other tissues.
This inflammation cuts down or stops the flow of blood to organs in the body. The condition mostly affects the respiratory system. This includes the sinuses, nose, windpipe, and lungs. It can also affect the kidneys. However, it can damage any organ in the body.
Some of these tests can help rule out other causes of your symptoms. They may not necessarily confirm the diagnosis. A biopsy is the only way to know for sure if it’s Wegener’s granulomatosis.
Most people with Wegener’s granulomatosis can be treated. But the drugs used to treat this condition could have side effects of their own. Be sure to talk about these side effects with your healthcare provider.
These are common medicines used in treatment:
Wegener’s granulomatosis may come back even after successful treatment. Continue to follow up with your healthcare provider, even when you are in remission.
Ongoing Wegener’s granulomatosis can cause:
Call your healthcare provider if you have the symptoms listed above. This is especially true if you have tried over-the-counter treatments that seem appropriate, such as allergy medicines, with no success.
Always call your healthcare provider if you have changes in vision. Or call if you have a cough that produces bloody mucus. These may be symptoms of Wegener’s granulomatosis or another serious health problem.
Wegener’s granulomatosis is a condition of the immune system that causes swelling and irritation in blood vessels and other tissues. It is uncommon.
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