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What is wegener's granulomatosis?

What is wegener's granulomatosis?

Wegener's: Granulomatosis is an incurable form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the nose, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Wegener's Granulomatosis (Definition)

Wegener's granulomatosis (Granulomatosis with polyangiitis) causes vasculitis ( inflammation blood vessels of nose, sinuses, throat, lungs ...Read more


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Please advise what is wegener's granulomatosis?

Please advise what is wegener's granulomatosis?

Immune vasculitis: The antobodies found in the test and that cause the disease are directed against an antigen within neutrohils. Untreated, Wegener's (granulomatous angiitis for those who cannot forgive Dr. Wegener's being a German during WWII) is fatal. Nowadays it can be managed using cyclophosphamide and/or perhaps other powerful agents and most people eventually recover. ...Read more

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Could a bronchoscopy tell what caused wegener's granulomatosis?

Could a bronchoscopy tell what caused wegener's granulomatosis?

No it cannot: A bronchoscopy is useful for identifying that wegener's is affecting the lungs but it will not tell you the cause. Wegener's is in a class of conditions known as autoimmune. This is where the body does not recognize its own cells as being "self". In turn an immune response causes inflammation in the lungs, eyes and sinuses (the classic locatioins in the body to be affected by wegeners). ...Read more

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What is wegener's granulomatosis vasculitis?

What is wegener's granulomatosis vasculitis?

See details: It is a form of vasculitis effecting medium sized arteries and associated with a positive canca blood test. It usually begins as chronic sinusitis but with time can effect many other organ systems including eyes, heart, kidneys, joints, lungs and the nervous system. There are very effective treatments available. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of wegener's granulomatosis?

What are symptoms of wegener's granulomatosis?

See details: The most common presenting symptom is a chronic sinusitis but there can be numerous other issues associated with wegener's including arthritis, pneumonia, eye problems, kidney disease and cardiac and neurologic issues. ...Read more

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What are the tests for wegener's granulomatosis?

What are the tests for wegener's granulomatosis?

ANCA and biopsy: The most useful blood test is an anca with titer and pattern, and pr3/mpo confirmation. Biopsy of the affected tissue is also important. Imaging studies of the lungs and sinuses can be useful as well as blood and urine tests looking for kidney damage. Finally, EMG might be needed if there is concern for nerve damage. ...Read more

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What's a good description of wegener's granulomatosis vasculitis?

Systemic vasculitis: Wegener's is a systemic vasculitis associated with the presence of specific blood tests known as a canca or pr3 antibodies. It usually presents as chronic sinusitis and more rarely pneumonia but can effect other areas of the body especially the kidneys, eyes, heart and nervous system. It is very serious but newer medications have provided effective treatment in most cases. ...Read more

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Causes of wegeners granulomatosis and treatment?

Autoimmune disease: Like all autoimmune diseases, the cause is not really known, but likely a combination of genetic factors and environmental exposures (e.g., infections, chemicals, pollutants). Treatment depends on how severe disease it is. Typically steroids (e.g. Prednisone) and if severe, Cytoxan or rituxan (rituximab). If limited disease (just nasal/upper airway involvement), Methotrexate may be sufficient. ...Read more

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What is the disease wegeners granulamatosis in kids?

What is the disease wegeners granulamatosis in kids?

WG: Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) is a rare disease that causes the walls of blood vessels to become inflamed (called vasculitis). This limits blood flow to tissues and can affect any organ. WG is a type of autoimmune disease. This means the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Its cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever heard of the disease wegeners granulamatosis?

Has anyone ever heard of the disease wegeners granulamatosis?

Yes: Wegener's granulomatosis with polyangiitis is an incurable form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Due to its organ damage, it is life-threatening and requires long-term immunosuppression. Five-year survival is up to 87%, with some of the mortality due to toxicity of treatment. Since that is an average figure, some will live longer. ...Read more

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Wegeners significance of + anca?

Wegeners significance of + anca?

Most are ANCA+!: Wegener's granulomatosis is part of a larger group of vasculitic syndromes, all of which feature an autoimmune attack by an abnormal type of circulating antibody termed ancas (antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies) against small and medium-size blood vessels.Apart from wegener's, this category includes churg–strauss syndrome and microscopic polyangiitis. ...Read more

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How long can wegeners go undiagnosed? Can a patirnt have vague symptoms (still be able to funcion) for months before a diagnosis is made?

How long can wegeners go undiagnosed?  Can a patirnt have vague symptoms (still be able to funcion) for months before a diagnosis is made?

Yes!: Delayed diagnosis can be caused by "vague" symptoms; mild disease at onset; the fact that wegener's is quite uncommon for an autoimmune disease. This rheumatic immune problem is best dealt with by a specialist in rheumatology. ...Read more

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What is wegeners vasculitis?

Disease or Syndrome?: Wegener's granulomatosis (wg), more recently granulomatosis with polyangiitis (wegener's) (gpa), is an incurable form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the nose, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Due to its end-organ damage, it is life-threatening and requires long-term immunosuppression.[1] five-year survival is up to 87%, with some of the mortality due to toxicity of rx. ...Read more

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What is wegeners?

Wegener's: Granulomatosis is an incurable form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the nose, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. ...Read more

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How can I live with wegeners disease?

How can I live with wegeners disease?

Vasculitis : Wegeners granulomatosis now known as granulomatosis with polyangiitis is incurable vasculitis that effects the nose , lungs , and kidneys. It requires life long immunosupressant. With treatment five year survival is 87%. ...Read more

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Could you give me information on wegeners ?

Autoimmunity rarity: Wegener's granulomatosis is a rare autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of blood vessels and tissues, usually the nose, mouth, ears, lungs, or kidneys. Untreated it was usually fatal in the past but new treatments have been developed that make this disease treatable. The doctor to see is a rheumatologist. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wegeners-granulomatosis/basics/. ...Read more

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Wegeners desease how long will you survive this illness?

Survival: Wegener's granulomatosis with polyangiitis is an incurable form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) that affects the lungs, kidneys, and other organs. Due to its organ damage, it is life-threatening and requires long-term immunosuppression. Five-year survival is up to 87%, with some of the mortality due to toxicity of treatment. Since that is an average figure, some will live longer. ...Read more

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How can someone live and cope with having wegeners disease?

Living with Wegeners: I am sorry about your diagnosis. Wegener's disease is hard. Incurable, the five-year survival is up to 87%. Since this is an average number, some will live longer. The treatment is immunosupression, which is life saving, but it does also have some toxicity which, sadly can also be fatal. Happily, there are many people who are currently living quite normal lives of 30 years or more on treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Granulomatosis (Definition)

A process associated with a tissue reacton involving monocytes and tissue macrophages. Clasically this was seen in infections, like tuberculosis and some fungal processes. It is also seen and inflammatory and reactive ...Read more