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Wegener Granulomatosis (cont.)

Wegener's Granulomatosis Symptoms

Patient Comments

Upper respiratory tract (most common):

  • Sinusitis, sinus pain, bacterial infection in sinuses
  • Constant runny nose (worse than that caused by a common cold)
  • Bloody nose
  • Sores around the opening of the nose
  • Hole develops in cartilage in nose
  • Ear infections, ear canals blocked, hearing loss

Lungs (usually present):

Other symptoms (less common):

  • Muscle and joint pain, joint swelling
  • Redness and burning or pain in the eyes (conjunctivitis) and swelling in the eye
  • Double vision or decrease in vision (requires immediate medical care)
  • Sores on the skin that look like small red or purple raised areas (they may or may not cause pain)
  • Hoarseness of the voice
  • Fever, night sweats
  • Loss of appetite, weight loss

The kidneys are affected in three-fourths of people with Wegener's granulomatosis, but the person may have no obvious symptoms related to kidney damage. Urine, however, may be bloody or red in color.

When to Seek Medical Care

Talk with the doctor about any of these symptoms. Eye problems are cause for immediate medical attention. Other symptoms that may cause a person to contact a doctor would be chest pain, coughing up blood, or seeing blood in the urine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2014
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Wegener granulomatosis (WG) is a multisystem disease characterized by necrotizing granuloma of the upper and lower respiratory tracts, disseminated vasculitis, and glomerulonephritis.

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