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Wegener Granulomatosis (cont.)

Wegener's Granulomatosis Symptoms

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.

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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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