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Upper respiratory tract problems
- Recurring middle ear infections that get better very slowly and cause ear problems and hearing loss
- Chronic sinus inflammation, causing congestion and pain
- Runny nose and other “cold” symptoms that don’t respond well to treatment
- Nasal crusting or ulcers, and frequent nosebleeds
- Erosion of the septum between the nasal passages, which can cause the bridge of the nose to collapse
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- Chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, or coughing up blood; hoarseness or voice changes
- Muscle or joint pain or swelling
- Red, burning, or painful eyes; double vision or decrease in vision
- Rash; small red or purple raised areas
- Blister-like lesions, ulcers, or nodules
- Extreme sensitivity to cold in fingers or toes
Other possible symptoms include:
- Fever or night sweats
- Fatigue or weakness
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
- Changes in urine color
- Numbness, tingling, shooting pain, or weakness in arms or legs
- Blood tests—taking blood to check blood counts, sedimentation rate, kidney function, and antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)
- Urinalysis—taking a sample of urine to check for signs that kidneys are involved
- Chest x-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of lungs
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures, such as sinuses
- Biopsy —removal of a sample of tissue (eg, sinus, nose, skin, lung, or kidney) to check for signs of WG
- Oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone—to reduce inflammation and pain
- Chemotherapy —to control the overactive immune system; these may include cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, or azathioprine.
- Reduced dosages of these drugs for at least a year, if all signs of disease go away
- Medications to prevent infection or bone loss, which are possible side effects of treatment
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association http://www.aarda.org
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) http://www3.niaid.nih.gov
Wegener’s Granulomatosis Association http://www.wgassociation.org
BC Health Guide, British Columbia Ministry of Health http://www.bchealthguide.org
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
Types of vasculitis: Wegener’s granulomatosis. The Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center website. Available at: http://vasculitis.med.jhu.edu/typesof/wegeners.html . Accessed September 21, 2005.
Wegener’s granulomatosis. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/wegeners/Pages/default.aspx . Accessed September 21, 2005.
What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? The Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/0200/0214.asp?index=4757. Accessed September 21, 2005.
What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? Wegener’s Granulomatosis Association website. Available at: http://www.wgassociation.org/aboutwg/whatis%5Fwg.shtml. Accessed September 21, 2005.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/92/2012 -