Wegener’s granulomatosis belongs to the family of autoimmune diseases known as vasculitis. It is characterized by inflammation of the smaller arteries and veins in the respiratory tract and kidneys. This restricts blood flow to these organs, which can damage them. Both men and women are affected by Wegener’s granulomatosis, and symptoms usually appear around age forty. We have put together a list of signs and symptoms of Wegener’s granulomatosis below.
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The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Wegener’s Granulomatosis include:
Rhinitis, with pus-filled discharge
Blood in urine
Cough, sometimes coughing up blood
Inflammation of the gums
The first symptom is usually a persistently runny nose that does not respond to over-the- counter medications. Some people only have respiratory involvement, though Wegener’s granulomatosis can rapidly progress to kidney involvement.